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The state was made proud May 20 at the world’s largest student rocketry competition as Alabama teams from Russellville and Huntsville came in second and third out of 100 teams from across the country competing at the American Rocketry Challenge. More than 4,500 students from nearly 800 teams in 45 states entered the 2023 competition which held the finals at The Plains, Va. The Hardin Valley Academy Team from Knoxville, Tenn. was crowned National Champion. They will get $20,000 for the team, $1,000 for the school and a trip to the International Rocketry Challenge at the Paris Air Show in June. Tharpstown in 2nd Place will receive $15,000 for the team, $1,000 for the school and 3rd place John Paul II will get $12,500 for the team, $1,000 for the school.
The Tharptown team is shown in pink shirts, John Paul II in blue shirts.
Competing teams had to launch the rockets to 875 feet with a flight duration of 43-46 seconds in the first round of competition. The top 42 teams conducted a second launch that was required to reach exactly 825 feet with a flight duration of 41-44 seconds. All nine Alabama teams present at the finals made the cut to move forward to the second round. California was the next most having seven teams advance out of the 15 attending from their state. They did have a group from Orange County come in fourth.
This was Huntsville’s best TARC year since 2013 when John Paul II was fourth and Liberty Middle was eighth nationally. Bob Jones was third in 2010. Tharptown finished tenth last year.
The John Paul II team mentor is Duane Meyer, who also is the reigning HARA Geezer TARC champion.
Here are the teams, places and scores.
Place School City State Flight 1 Flight 2 Score
1 Hardin Valley Academy Team 1 Knoxville TN 11.4 2 13.4
2 Tharptown High School Russellville AL 13.8 1 14.8
3 John Paul II High School Team 2 Huntsville AL 17 6.92 23.92
16 Hackleburg High School Hackleburg Alabama 30.76 28 58.76
23 Lawrence County High School Moulton Alabama 39 36.36 75.36
34 Haleyville City Schools Haleyville Alabama 49.24 65.52 114.76
35 Winfield City High School Winfield Alabama 29.72 102.72 132.44
36 West Morgan High School Trinity Alabama 26 222.32 248.32
38 Bob Jones High School Madison Alabama 9.44 DQ 9.44
As participants launched for points, a TARC alumnus was circling above them in space. NASA astronaut Warren “Woody” Hoburg competed in the National Finals of the inaugural American Rocketry Challenge in 2003. Twenty years later, in March 2023, Hoburg blasted off to space as the Pilot of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 mission to the International Space Station (ISS). His journey to space began with a model rocket.
For several years the state has consistently delivering a half dozen teams to the TARC finals and this year had another good showing. These teams from Alabama scored in the top hundred ranking nationally and will compete for the 2023 championship at The Plains, Virginia as they vie for $100,000 in prizes and an all-expense paid trip to Paris for the International Finals.
The schools and cities are:
Bob Jones High School Madison
Hackleburg High School Hackleburg
Haleyville City Schools Haleyville
Lawrence County High School Moulton
St. John Paul II Catholic High School Team 1 Huntsville
St. John Paul II Catholic High School Team 2 Huntsville
Tharptown High School Russellville
West Morgan High School Trinity
Winfield City High School Winfield
The Huntsville/Madison area fielded eight TARC teams this season. HARA is particularly proud of the three teams – The Falcon Rocketeers and Noah’s TARC (both from John Paul II Catholic High School) and the team from Bob Jones High School that scored well enough (20-30 points) to place among the top 100 teams in the country.
HARA would like to salute the other Huntsville area teams for their efforts in building and flying this year:
Girl Scouts of North Alabama (2 teams)
St. John Paul II C.H.S. (3rd team)
Huntsville School of Cyber Technology and Engineering (2 teams)
Scenes of team’s launches are shown here.
The state had a total of 38 teams for 2023. Thanks to the rest of these Alabama schools for registering and participating in TARC.
Alabaster Thompson High School (2 teams)
Bear Creek Phillips Engineering
Cullman Area Technology Academy
Florence Central High School
Florence Rogers High School
Girl Scouts of Central Alabama (2 teams)
Haleyville City Schools
Lincoln High School
Mobile School of Mathematics and Science
Muscle Shoals City Schools (2 teams)
Phil Campbell High School
Russellville High Schools (2 teams)
Tharptown High School
Sylvania High School
Trinity West Morgan High School (2 teams)
Trussville High School (2 teams)
Wetumpka High School
For several years the state has consistently delivering a half dozen teams to the TARC finals. These teams from Alabama scored in the top hundred ranking nationally and will compete for the 2022 championship against teams from 26 states on May 14 at The Plains, Virginia as they vie for $100,000 in prizes and an all-expense paid trip to London for the International Finals.
The schools and cities are:
Tharptown High School*, Russellville
Lincoln High School*, Lincoln
Russellville High Schools*, Russellville
West Morgan Middle School, Trinity
Colbert County 4-H, Tuscumbia
Muscle Shoals High School, Muscle Shoals
*Were also at the finals last year. Russellville finished in fifth place.
Other Alabama teams selected as alternates are Phil Campbell High School, Phil Campbell, and Hackleburg High School, Hackleburg.
HARA would like to salute the seven Huntsville area teams for their efforts in building and flying this year:
Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (2 rookie teams)
Civil Air Patrol – Redstone Squadron
St. John Paul II C.H.S. (2 teams)
Bob Jones High School
James Clemens High School.
Thanks to the rest of these Alabama schools for registering and participating in TARC.
Cullman Area Technology Academy, Cullman
Thompson High School, Alabaster
Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, Mobile
Hewitt Trussville High School (4 teams), Trussville
It was a foggy morning June 12 when the launch began but the ten finalist teams from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee attended and made all twenty allowable flights. When all the scores were tallied nationally Russellville High School Team One from Russellville, Alabama came in fifth and won $8500. Tharptown High School, also from Russellville, made ninth. Alabama was the only state besides California to have two teams finish in the top ten. Hosted by the Birmingham Rocket Boys NAR section and led by President Ronald Dunn plenty of volunteers were on hand to set up, run the range and score the flights. It was an admirable performance by NAR to complete the TARC program for the pandemic year by spreading the finals out to ten regional fields. HARA was represented by Vince, Bill and Duane, who had fun with various timing and scoring duties. No eggs were broken by the teams, but two flights ejected the motors and unfortunately had to be disqualified.
Here are the finals scores of the schools at the Birmingham launch.
Place School City State Total Flight 1 Flight 2
|5||Russellville City Schools (Team 1)||Russellville||AL||23.6||21||2.6|
|9||Tharptown High School||Russellville||AL||25.56||4.74||20.82|
|32||Creekview High School (Team 1)||Canton||GA||56.68||7||49.68|
|35||Russellville City Schools (Team 2)||Russellville||AL||62.68||31.56||31.12|
|41||Winfield City High School||Winfield||AL||68.48||36||32.48|
|44||Hackleburg High School||Hackleburg||AL||75.62||54.62||21|
|46||Creekview High School (Team 2)||Canton||GA||77.7||20.62||57.08|
|62||Lincoln High School||Lincoln||AL||113.82||73.38||40.44|
|88||Stone Memorial High School||Crossville||TN||9.24||DQ||9.24|
|89||Hewitt Trussville High School||Trussville||AL||13||DQ||13|
In a very anomalous TARC season that began in 2019 these teams from Alabama scored in the top one hundred ranking nationally and will compete in the finals to close out 2021. It’s almost the same group that made the finals last time. http://hararocketry.org/hara/six-alabama-tarc-teams-going-to-finals-in-virginia/
The schools and cities are:
Tharptown High School T1, Russellville
Lincoln High School, Lincoln
Russellville High School T1, Russellville
Russellville High School T2, Russellville
Winfield City High School, Winfield
Hewitt-Trussville High School, Trussville
Hackleburg High School, Hackleburg
Other Alabama teams selected as alternates are:
Tharptown High School T2, Russellville
Civil Air Patrol – Redstone Composite Squadron, Huntsville
St. John Paul II C.H.S., Huntsville
The cutoff score for making the top 100 this year was 37.06, which is respectable considering the contagion circumstances. It was 36 in 2019, the last “normal” year. There were 615 teams in TARC-2021 and although many of them were never able to get together, build, and fly due to COVID, TARC still ended up with 282 teams submitting qual flight scores.
Rather than have the finals with all 100 teams in Virginia as usual, the finals will be broken down to eleven regional sites with fewer teams present on each field. The Birmingham Rocket Boys NAR Section will host TARC June 12. The results from those flights will be sent to TARC headquarters which will compile the scores and announce the winners at the TARC 2021 Awards ceremony (online) on June 28.
Congratulations to these teams for their success and the opportunity to represent the state. Russellville High won first place in TARC in 2015.
Congratulations to these teams who will be representing our state at the TARC finals May 18 at Great Meadow, The Plains, VA.
Team Number, Team Name, City
19-5573, Cullman Area Technology Academy, Cullman
19-4984, Rogers High School, Florence
19-5089, Lincoln High School, Lincoln
19-4727, Tharptown High School, Russellville
19-4998, Russellville High School (Team 1), Russellville
19-5000, Russellville High School (Team 2), Russellville
HARA would like to salute the eight Huntsville area teams for their efforts. It’s been a tough year – not only were the design goals for this TARC challenging with three eggs to fly, but there was also the fight against some very persistent wet weather. Despite the rain, the local teams managed to complete many practice flights and all got qualified scores.
19-5055 , HOPE Christian Academy , Huntsville
19-5135 , St. John Paul II C.H.S. , Huntsville
19-5136 , St. John Paul II C.H.S. , Huntsville
19-5137 , St. John Paul II C.H.S. , Huntsville
19-5530 , Bob Jones High School , Madison
19-5439 , James Clemens High School , Madison
19-5704 , James Clemens High School , Madison
19-4885 , Liberty Middle School , Madison
Thanks to the rest of these state schools for registering and participating in TARC. We hope you all had a prodigious “rocket boys” experience.
19-5781 , Hewitt-Trussville High School , Trussville
19-5782 , Hewitt-Trussville High School , Trussville
19-5329 , Wetumpka High School , Wetumpka
19-5297 , Winfield City High School , Winfield
19-5523 , Coppinville Junior High School , Enterprise
19-5576 , St. Michael Catholic High School , Fairhope
19-4825 , Central High School , Florence
19-5274 , Goshen High School , Goshen
19-5027 , Alabama School of Mathematics and Science , Mobile
19-5236 , Muscle Shoals Career Academy , Muscle Shoals
19-4722 , Phil Campbell High School , Phil Campbell
19-4999 , Russellville High Schools , Russellville
19-4726 , Tharptown High School , Russellville
19-4728 , Tharptown High School , Russellville
19-4996 , Rogers High School , Florence
19-4997 , Rogers High School , Florence
On this beautiful 23rd day of March, 13 teams made 50 flights at the UNA regional challenge. Vince and Allen provided HARA launch and scoring services for the contest held at the Russellville field. Cullman HS did the best with a ‘15’ and might be up for the finals with that qualification score. Rogers, MASE and Central HS also qualified with the rest of the schools flying just for regional points. They opted to keep tweaking before they use another attempt turn, so the March madness of TARC continues.
The Russellville High School team #3, the “Lions”, captured third place nationally in the TARC finals May 12, 2018. Six Alabama teams qualified for the finals from the 25 original teams registered in the state ranging from Ardmore to Winfield. In the Virginia field where the championship is determined all the Alabama teams made the cut into the top 38 out of a hundred with very impressive first round scores. Huntsville’s St. John Paul II was only 6 feet off the 800 mark with others at 816, 811, 810 and 799. But the second round moved the target altitude to 825 feet, which really spread the field and revealed the best flyers. The top ten TARC winners found a way to go higher and the rest were stuck under 800 feet. Russellville got to 835 and their total score of 26 was just barely behind second place Festus, Missouri at 25.76 (who were first in 2017) and the overall winner Creekview, Georgia at 21.2 (who won in 2014). Scores escalated into the thirties and forties after fourth place. The Russellville Lions team members are Malachi Fleming, MaKayla Gann, Mia Gann, Zakery Colburn, and Emma Reed and are shown above receiving their trophy from NAR and AIA at the award ceremony and in the photo below during their qualification flights. Congratulations to these young people and all the teams for a fine display of rocket science and for making the state proud.
Final 2018 Standings Of Alabama TARC Teams
22 Russellville City Schools (Team 1)
25 Russellville City Schools (Team 2)
33 Tharptown High School
34 St. John Paul II Catholic High School
35 Lincoln High School
Russellville, Alabama will again be at the TARC finals, this time represented by a team from Russellville First United Methodist Church, shown here receiving an award from Lee Brownell at the UNA Regional Launch. The FUMC team was the only one in north Alabama to make the cut of the top hundred and be invited to the championship in Manassas, VA. The Russellville City School Lions team was ranked 106th in the alternates with the RCS Bears team listed at 120th. Sheffield HS’s team one was 108th with Liberty Middle School of Madison ranked 115th and Buckhorn Middle school of New Market was 117th. Two teams from Lincoln, Alabama will also represent the state in the TARC national event. Alabama had more teams in the 100-120 range than any other state. Read more