“I feel smarter just being in the same room as them,” said Secretary Duncan earlier this week when he met with the winning team of the Aerospace Industries Association’s 2011 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). The four winning students from the Heath Side Boys Rocketry Club had their winning rocket in hand as they met with the Secretary Duncan while visiting Washington to commemorate the 10th anniversary of National Aerospace Week.
The winning team of John Easum, Michael Gerritsen, Landon Fisher, and Colt McNally all came from Rockwall-Heath High School in Heath, Texas. After winning the 2011 TARC, Raytheon Corporation sent the team to compete in the 2011 Paris Airshow where they took home the honor of being international champions by beating out teams from the United Kingdom and France.
The students, some of whom started competing in the TARC as 8th graders, shared their experience with the Secretary, who praised their persistence and dedication to the competition. Following the meeting, Secretary Duncan had the opportunity to pose for pictures with the winning team and even “Nemesis 2”, the rocket that won the 2011 competition.
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