A team of seven Kamiakin High students won a statewide design competition Friday, the fourth time in a row the team was awarded the honor.
Team Sandy Planes designed a sport aircraft to win this year's Washington state Real World Design Challenge, according to a news release from the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The team now qualifies for the national competition in April.
"It's amazing they've won the award four years in a row," said Randy Dorn, Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction. "That's a testament to both the students and the teachers who care about the competition."
The students -- Cooper Atkinson, Kyle Deatherage, Devin Gerboth, Joe Luey, Paul Pierson, Robin Rakowski and Sangeetha Thevuthasan -- had to design an aircraft following criteria from the Federal Aviation Administration. It had to carry two passengers 200 miles in less than two hours.
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Kennewick School District and Kamiakin officials will have a ceremony to celebrate the team's accomplishment at 8:45 a.m. Friday in the gym at Kamiakin.