Cedar Key student could advance to national rocket competition

Published: May. 12, 2019 at 3:11 PM EDT
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A Cedar Key student could advance to the national Reach for the Stars Rocket Competition this year.

Out of 43 students at Cedar Key K-12 School, Willie Cournoyer had the second-best average score in the past nine years.

Tina Hackey, who is the art and STEAM teacher, coordinates this competition every year for her students. If Cournoyer advances to the national competition, this would be the sixth time in a row a student of hers has ranked nationally.

The contest requires students aged 8 to 10 years old to build a rocket, develop a flight plan and launch their rocket. When launched, the rocket’s nose must hit a specific site on the ground.

Students have the opportunity to launch their rockets a second time to make adjustments. The average of the two flights that are closest to the target will determine the winners.

Cournoyer’s rocket and calculations will be submitted to the National competition. Although only five students will be chosen, Hackey is hopeful that Cournoyer will make it.