Kamiakin High team takes state award for fifth straight year

Herald staff writerFebruary 14, 2013 

— For the fifth straight year, a team of Kamiakin High School students has won a statewide design competition and have the opportunity to win the national award in April.

The group, named Winging It and composed of seven students, designed an unmanned aircraft system for the 2012-13 Washington State Real World Design Challenge. Team members include Cooper Atkinson, Kyle Deatherage, Devin Gerboth, Joe Luey, Paul Pierson, Robin Rakowski and Sangeetha Thevuthasan with Kennewick architect Terreance Casey as coach. Some members of the team were on last year's winning team.

"I congratulate Winging It," said state Superintendent Randy Dorn in a release. "The students, the school and the volunteer coach all care about the competition and have worked hard to achieve these stunning results."

The Real World Design Challenge is an annual competition that provides high school students the opportunity to work on real engineering challenges as a team. This year teams were told to design an aircraft and test its utility in a "mission scenario" involving a missing and injured child, with cost and time needed to search being factors.

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