Tuscola County 4-H club takes second place nationally

Congratulations to the Deford Dazzlers Rocket Team 4-H club who won second place in the national Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). Peter Hansen, Alexander Hansen and Chrysler Parrish, the three club members, traveled to The Plains, Virginia, on May 14 to compete.

The Deford Dazzlers 4-H Club receives their award for finishing in second place in the nation during the Team America Rocketry Challenge. The team is in the orange shirts (from left to right): Peter Hansen, Alexander Hansen and Chrysler Parrish.

The Deford Dazzlers 4-H Club receives their award for finishing in second place in the nation during the Team America Rocketry Challenge. The team is in the orange shirts (from left to right): Peter Hansen, Alexander Hansen and Chrysler Parrish.

According to the TARC website, the competition is an important part of the aerospace and defense industry’s strategy to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. TARC is also the world’s largest student rocket contest.

Just to get to the competition, the team competed with 775 teams to qualify for one of 100 spots. Despite windy weather, the team’s rocket launch reached an altitude of 829 feet, the second highest score.

Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, IBM and other sponsors awarded the Deford Dazzlers Rocket Team with $16,000 in scholarships ‒ $5,000 per team member, plus another $1,000 for the 4-H club to help fund its science and rocketry education program.

Patricia Hansen, 4-H club leader told the Cass City Chronicle that all of this would not have been possible without Tuscola County 4-H, their program coordinator Heather Middleton and Extension secretary Catherine Patterson.

She also thanked the Tuscola County 4-H Council as well as the Tuscola County residents who recently voted to continue to fund Michigan State University Extension.

We are very proud of our 4-H members and would like to thank everyone who has contributed to their growth and the valuable opportunities they’ve had. Congratulations again to our young rocketeers.

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