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June 5, 2007 > CCS Takes Top Honor in Great America Roller Coaster Competition

CCS Takes Top Honor in Great America Roller Coaster Competition

By Elaine Choy

Christian Community Schools junior students took home top honors for the second time in the 7th Annual Great America Roller Coaster Contest. Each spring, Northern California private and public, middle and high schools students are given the challenge to build a better roller coaster, testing their understanding and ability to apply Newton's laws of physics.

CCS 8th grade students, Janell Koide, Anoop Kang and Natasha Stockman's joint efforts created a roller coaster model that took first place in the preliminaries, qualifying them for the final competition on May 18, 2007. This CCS team took home the first place honors among the 50 roller coasters that were submitted in the middle school division.

Great America takes their roller coasters seriously and among the judges for this annual competition included park engineers, marketing directors, roller coaster enthusiast club members and an official timer. The roller coasters were judged on the length of time from the beginning of the "ride" to the end, open-ness of the track, number of loops, and the theme. Judges looked at the technical aspects of the models as well as the "rider appeal". The CCS model ranked the highest in all categories.

CCS joined the competition 3 years ago, and in 2005, took First Place. Last year, CCS ranked third over all, but came back strong to reclaim the top spot again this year. CCS students submitted a total of 4 roller coaster models, and the Koide, Kang and Stockman team took first place. The team and their teacher, Mrs. Letitia Chinn, CCS Science and Math teacher, were awarded the prize of a $500 gift certificate to the Discovery Channel Store, calculators and other gifts donated by corporate sponsors.

Congratulations to our winning team, and we'll see more roller coasters next year!

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