Sangre de Cristo students place first in rocket contest

(11-07-2008)

Snow fell from the sky and rockets launched into the air at the ninth annual Adams State College Rocket Launching Competition on November 5.

Sangre de Cristo High School seniors, Maria Gutierrez and Kirstie Dzuris were awarded $800 scholarships to Adams State College for placing first in the contest. Dzuris said she plans on majoring in nursing and Gutierrez wants to become a lawyer. "We have been working on our rockets for three weeks," Dzuris said.

Their high school trigonometry teacher, Aubrey Mobley, said the class used math to estimate distance. "This contest is worthwhile for the students. We are taking notes for next year."

Rockets were launched towards a variety of targets for nearly two hours. Measurements were taken from rockets that came closest to the mark, and the furthest, from the target. Dr. Randall Emmons, professor of physics, organized the event.

Shelly Grandell, Adams State graduate student, is student teaching middle school students at Sangre de Cristo, in Debra Shawcroft's physical science classroom. "The contest introduces the younger students to physics," Grandell said. "It was good practice for teamwork and helped build math and science skills."

Compressed air was used to build pressure to launch the rockets filled with water. Some rockets had duct-tape wings, re-enforced noses, while others did little to alter their bottle.

All participants were treated to lunch and prizes were raffled.

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By Linda Relyea