Anthony Parsotam, a student at Liberty High School in Osceola County, is a national winner in the 12th annual Reach for the Stars – National Rocket Competition. The Competition promotes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education, and is run in memory of Christa McAuliffe, the first Teacher-in-Space.
Local competitions were held by schools, scout troops, youth centers, museums, and rocket clubs across the country as part of a year-long event. Parsotam competed at an event at Liberty High, hosted by Osceola School District’s High School Science Resource Teacher Dr. Samuel Crupi. During the local phase of the competition, contestants were required to build and launch a solid-fuel powered rocket, and have it land by parachute. The winner of the local event had the closest average landing to a target after two launches. The local winner’s information was forwarded to Competition headquarters to determine the national winners.
Parsotam and other national winners will celebrate their successes at the Space Camp/U. S. Space & Rocket Center on October 20, 2018. As part of the celebration, they will receive a Space Shuttle Challenger commemorative medal and certificate signed by Astronaut Jon McBride. They will also get to launch their rockets from Homer Hickam Field.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Anthony, a young rocketeer,” boasts Reach for the Stars ~ National Rocket Competition Directors Jack and Kathy Colpas. “National winners receive memories to last a lifetime and bragging rights for generations to come.”