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June 28, 2006

Concord , NH – The Wear Middle School Rocketry team was invited to come before the New Hampshire State Senate by Senator Bob Flanders (R- Antrim). The Rocketry team, known as the  ‘4100 Challengers’ placed 24th in the country at the Team America Rocketry Challenge held in Virginia.

The Weare Middle School Rocketry Team attended the fourth-annual event, which was the final round fly-off of the world’s largest rocket contest. It requires students to design and build a model rocket that will fly to exactly 800 feet and stay aloft for exactly 45 seconds. The Weare Middle School Rocketry Team flew their rocket for 40.31 seconds to an altitude of 779 feet, earning them 24th place in the country, and first in New England.

Senator Flanders remarked, “I could not believe what these students accomplished. They were led by their advisor Mark Kibler, who is immensely passionate for science, with a special love for rockets. These students are to be commended for their hard work and their national placement in the rocket competition. This win only inspires them to blow away the competition next year.”