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Education Politics

Look What Student Model Rocket Team Named Their Rocket for National Competition

Written by Philip Hodges

A model rocket team from Victory Christian Center School in Charlotte, North Carolina was in Washington, D.C. for the Team America Rocketry Challenge – where teams from across the country compete.

The team knew that they’d be able to meet U.S. politicians and industry professionals since the contest was held in D.C., but they probably had no idea they’d get to meet the President.

I’m sure their access to the President had something to do with what they named their rocket.

Check out the President cutting up with a bunch of kids:

“How did you come up with the name Trump?” the president asked.

“Simply because it conquers all,” one student replied, eliciting a handshake from the visibly happy President.

“They’re never going to put that on television,” Trump retorted, half-way tongue-in-cheek.

“For the past five years, the students have flown rockets without naming them. But after learning the school’s best-performing rocket, the McCullough III, had been given a name six years ago, the students decided to resume naming their rockets,” Ramona Patterson, the school’s promotions assistant, said in an email before they left. “The school’s very first team was comprised solely of STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] geeks. Today’s teams consist of a mixture of students, mostly fun-lovers whose affection for rocketry, engineering and advanced math has come through trial and error, many giggles and plenty of crashes.”
Although it didn’t come up, Victory Christian Center School has 82 students this year who receive North Carolina Opportunity Scholarships, which help pay tuition for low- to moderate-income families who move their children from public to private school. School choice, including voucher programs like North Carolina’s, is central to Trump’s education platform. His Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, is a major proponent of vouchers and charter schools.

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