Amador Valley High School Students Advance to National Rocketry Competition


The phrase ‘it’s not rocket science’ doesn’t apply to a team of Amador Valley High School students heading to Washington D.C. for the National Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) on May 14. Led by Amador Junior Brian Cheng and Teacher Advisor Tony Dennis along with fellow students Connor Chen, Chris Chi, and Eason Liu, the school’s aviation club will be making their second consecutive trip to nationals after placing in the top 100 out of 789 high school teams nationwide.

“I felt proud and excited to be going to nationals for a second time,” said Cheng. “This has been an incredible experience... I’d like to thank our teacher Tony Dennis for making this possible.”

For the competition, Amador’s team had to design and build a rocket (and not from a kit) that flew to an altitude of 850 feet carrying two raw eggs and return them to the ground uncracked within 44-46 seconds.

The team will travel to Washington D.C. on May 12 to compete for more than $100,000 in cash and scholarships and the title of National Champion with the overall winning team traveling to the United Kingdom to complete in the International Rocketry Challenge taking place at the Farnborough Air Show in July.