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From left, the 3:15s, Luke Drennan, Luke Vest, Abby Porter and Avery Johnson.
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From left, the UFOs, Austin Siener, Nick Hicks, Amy Finke and Chris Fischer.
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From left, the Starscream team, Kristin Grace, Paul Ries, Mitchell DuMoulin and Karley Willmann.
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From left, the Wright team, Brandon Sweeney, Zach Ross, Kateri Vaughn and Michael Schneider.
Twenty-seven area high school teams attended the annual Boeing Engineering Challenge at the gymnasium at Washington University in St. Louis on April 29.
Three teams from Marquette Catholic High School’s engineering class took first, second and third overall in the Boeing Engineering Challenge Division 1. They placed first and second in Max Time Aloft and placed first and second in Straightest Flight Path. They placed second and third in Longest Distance and second and third in Accuracy. The Marquette teams won more awards than any other single school in the history of the competition.
Seniors Luke Vest, Luke Drennan, Avery Johnson and Abby Porter formed the team called the 3:15s. Their team placed first overall in Division 1. Second place overall was the team made up of Austin Siener, Amy Finke, Chris Fischer and Nick Hicks called the UFOs. The Starscream team came in first in the Maximum Time Aloft category and was made up of seniors Kristin Grace, Paul Ries, Mitchell DuMoulin and Karley Willmann. The Wright Team came in second in the Straightest Flight Path and third overall and was represented by Brandon Sweeney, Zach Ross, Kateri Vaughn and Michael Schneider. These students are from Alton, Godfrey, Granite City and Florissant, Mo.
Michele Sands teaches the “Infinity Project” at Marquette, which she started in 2007. The “Infinity Project” was designed by SMU in Dallas for high schools to get more students interested in engineering. With the help of Dr. Lawrence Burch, Marquette class of 1959 and former NASA engineer, projects have been incorporated into the class to give the students a sense of the engineering profession.
“These students learned the value of hard work and I am proud of their accomplishment,” Sands said. “I know they will do great things as they head toward college.”
Throughout the school year, the class assembles and launches rockets, designs and builds speakers, builds trebuchets, and competes at the Lewis and Clark Community College trebuchet contest. This is their first year working with gliders in the Boeing Challenge.
“This award reflects greatly on Marquette Catholic High School’s dedication and support to science, technology, engineering and math; and the high quality of your teaching and administrative staff,” said Derek Bernett, manager of P-8 Integration and Test, Boeing Pilot Training Devices.