B-P rocketry team places 2nd nationally

BROADALBIN – Broadalbin-Perth Central School District’s high school rocketry team, Neon Icon, finished second in the Team America Rocketry Challenge national fly-off at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va., on Saturday, according to district officials.

It was the district’s first trip to the national fly-off, according to district officials. The team was one of the top 100 teams in the nation to compete in the competition.

According to a release, the team will bring home a silver trophy; $1,000 for its sponsor, Northville Rotary Club; and $9,500 that team members Tyese Frasier, Anthony Giuliani, Evan Hagadorn, Hunter Martin, Francesco Mastrocinque, Devin Page and Tim Zukas will split.

The team is coached by high school math and engineering teacher Billy Eipp and high school social worker Marshall Gottung.

The teams’ goal at the TARC national fly-off was to launch a rocket holding two raw eggs to an altitude of 825 feet and complete the flight in 48 to 50 seconds. Scores were based on how close teams got to reaching those goals, with zero being a perfect score and damaged eggs resulting in disqualification.

Neon Icon’s first flight Saturday morning reached an altitude of 829 feet and landed in exactly 48 seconds, putting the team in first place heading into the afternoon flights, which featured the top 42 teams, according to the release.

According to Gottung, the weather shifted and the team had to make adjustments for thunder and wind. On the second flight, Neon Icon’s rocket reached an altitude of 819 feet and landed in 46.7 seconds.