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Alabama students blast off to victory in largest rocketry competition

A team of students from Russellville won first place in the world’s largest rocketry competition, earning the right to represent the United States in an international fly-off at the Paris International Airshow in June.

The RCS Engineers Rocketry Team beat out 100 competing teams to claim victory in the 2015 national finals of the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) in Virginia last weekend, according to the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), a trade group involved in the competition.

“We had high aspirations coming into the finals and it’s incredibly exciting that we performed as well as we did,” said Andrew Heath, captain of the RCS Engineers Rocketry Team. “It just goes to show that anybody can accomplish their goals with enough hard work.”

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