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CCSD Team Places at National Rocketry Competition

Posted On: Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The team captained by Johnny Schaly finished sixth overall, securing Creekview’s fifth overall top 10 finish and the fourth time the program has finished in the U.S. top 10 since 2018.  

A Cherokee County School District team placed at the national rocketry competition!

Creekview High School’s aeronautics program qualified two teams for The American Rocketry Challenge National finals held this past weekend in The Plains, Va., with one team placing sixth in the nation overall.  The contest challenged teams with building a rocket, with specific weight requirements, to carry two eggs to an altitude of 835 feet in a flight of 41 to 43 seconds without breaking the eggs.  

“The Creekview aeronautics program flies high every year, and we’re so proud of this year’s students and coach Tim Smyrl for continuing that legacy,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “Thank you also to the business sponsors and parent volunteers who support this program and its opportunities for our students.”  

The team captained by Johnny Schaly finished sixth overall, securing Creekview’s fifth overall top 10 finish and the fourth time the program has finished in the U.S. top 10 since 2018.  The team’s members are: Cole Day, Ethan Dooley, Mason Duckworth, Nigel Gallagher, A’stori Hart, Max McMahan, Christian Richards, Karlee Tomlin and Sean Yates.

By placing sixth overall, the team earned a $3,500 prize and qualified to participate in the NASA Student Launch in 2022-2023.  The NASA Student Launch is a separate aeronautics competition through which students design and build large, high-powered rocket that can carry scientific and/or engineering payloads.  

The team captained by Michael Pena competed well, but was faced with difficult weather conditions and did not make the top 10.  The team’s members are: Eason Barrineau, Noah Clary, Owen Clary, Isabella Giuliano, Callista Herdt, Rand Johnson, Sydney Sharrock, Emerson Shi and Elaine Wallace. 

Both teams were coached by Mr. Smyrl, who teaches science at Creekview and leads the aeronautics program.

“Aeronautics and aviation are outstanding career fields with the need for more talented students to pursue their numerous opportunities,” Dr. Hightower said, noting CCSD’s Air Force JROTC programs are another way for students to explore these areas.  “We’re expanding our programming next school year with a Career Pathway in aviation at our Cherokee College & Career Academy, which will be the first program of its kind in our school district, to continue to offer more options for exploring and preparing for these careers.”

The Cherokee County School Board and Dr. Hightower will recognize the team at an upcoming School Board meeting.
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Creekview High School’s aeronautics program qualified two teams for The American Rocketry Challenge National finals held this past weekend in The Plains, Va., with one team placing sixth in the nation overall.  

Creekview High School’s aeronautics program qualified two teams for The American Rocketry Challenge National finals held this past weekend in The Plains, Va., with one team placing sixth in the nation overall.  





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