High School club in rocket finals

Monday, April 29, 2013
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— Saratoga Springs High School’s NASA Club is one of only two competitors in the state to qualify for a May 11 national rocketry competition in Virginia.

Team members, along with science teacher and adviser Charlotte Naples, are hoping to raise $3,000 to support the trip to the Team America Rocketry Challenge National Finals in The Plains, Va.

To qualify for the trip, the team had to design, build and fly a rocket that carried a raw egg up to an altitude of 750 feet, and then land it without cracking the egg. After spending several weekends practicing, the team qualified for the national event by completing a successful flight while being observed by a mentor from the National Association of Rocketry. Nationally, 725 teams competed, and Saratoga’s team is one of 100 selected to attend the nationals.

Team members are juniors Connor McFarland, Charlie McCabe, Jay Murray, Steve Leonard and Mike Gregory and freshman Michael Young.

For more information about the team or to make a donation supporting the trip to the national competition, contact Charlotte Naples at

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