Madison West High School students win national rocketry challenge

MADISON, Wis. - Madison West High School students topped 830 teams from American schools to win the Team America Rocketry Challenge in The Plains, Virginia on Saturday.

Teams from Madison West have won the competition, which is the world’s largest student rocketry competition, three times. According to a news release, this year’s team posted a combined score of 10 across their two launches.

The team spent months designing, building and testing a rocket that would reach the requirements set from contest sponsor Aerospace Industries Association.

“We really didn’t know each other well at the beginning of the year, but we became friends and pulled together as a team,” said team captain Jacob Mello.

Madison West will represent the United States for Paris’ International Rocketry Challenge at the competition in June. The school will be competing against teams from France, the United Kingdom and Japan.

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