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July
2018
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04:56 PM
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Thames River Cadets Triumph in Conn. Wing Rocket Match


Thames River Composite Squadron’s cadets managed to squeak by the 143rd Composite Squadron and the Danielson Cadet Squadron to take possession of the Commander's Cup in the Connecticut Wing’s 12th annual Rocketry Contest.

The contest began in 2007 when Col. Peter Jensen, then the Connecticut Wing’s commander, encouraged Lt. Col. Stephen Rocketto, director of aerospace education. to institute the competition. Jensen donated the silver cup that’s engraved each year with the name of the winning squadron.

The contest is designed to assist cadets in earning the Civil Air Patrol Rocketry Badge. Each class of entries features one of the rockets that must be built to earn the badge.

 

Here are the top individual performers in this year’s competition, held at White’s Farm in Durham:

Flight One

  • Cadet Airman 1st Class Catherine Masayda, 143rd Composite Squadron
     
  • Cadet Airman 1st Class Jeremiah Vandewege, 143rd Composite Squadron
     
  • Cadet Airman Luis Trinidad, Thames River Composite Squadron

Flight Two

  • Cadet Senior Airman Elizabeth Burton, Thames River Composite Squadron
     
  • Cadet Airman 1st Class Catherine Masayda, 143rd Composite Squadron
     
  • Cadet Tech. Sgt. Owen Guilliams, Thames River Composite Squadron

Flight Three

  • Cadet Senior Airman Elizabeth Burton, Thames River Composite Squadron
     
  • Cadet Airman 1st Class Seth Trotochaud, Danielson Cadet Squadron
     
  • Cadet Senior Airman Xavier Dietz, Danielson Cadet Squadron

Serving as judges were Jensen, director of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's Performance Measurements Directorate; Meriden Fire Department Lt. George Planeta; and Aerospace Education Member, who teaches at the Capitol Region Education Council's Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Windsor and is a former CAP's Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year.

The annual event has been sponsored by CATO, the Connecticut organization of amateur rocket enthusiasts. The Connecticut Wing thanks CATO’s president, Eric Henderson, and vice president, Brad Oestreicher, for their generosity and support.