Bellevue’s Newport High School and Seattle’s Ingraham High School took second and third place Saturday in a national rocketry competition.
Two Seattle-area teams soared Saturday in a national rocketry competition for students.
The Bellevue group won $15,000 in scholarships, and a $1,000 prize for their school. Ingraham’s Team Foxtrot was awarded $12,500 in scholarships and $1,000 for the school.
A team from Russellville, Ala., took first place.
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The final competition was held in The Plains, Va.
Each team built a 1.5-pound rocket without any adult assistance, said Ingraham parent adviser Ricardo Sitchin. Teams were judged on how closely their rocket came to the prescribed trajectory — which peaked at 800 feet — and whether they were able to safely land their payload within less than a minute.
“They have been working on these rockets since last summer,” Sitchin said.
A second team from Ingraham placed 21st.
About 700 teams entered the challenge, with the top 100 participating in Saturday’s finals. About $60,000 in scholarships and prizes was awarded.