Rockets to bocce

Krystle Wagner • Jun 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM

SPRING LAKE — Holmes Elementary School fourth-graders launched the Alpha 1 rockets they built in S.T.E.M. class while also participating in the school’s 13th annual Bocce Ball Tournament on Friday.

A group of students called the Homerun Homies took the bocce crown.

More than 100 rockets were planned to be launched as classmates played bocce ball and younger students watched. Depending on how the rockets were assembled and the weather conditions, S.T.E.M. teacher Abe Overway said the rockets could fly between 300 and 500 feet into the air.

The students spent 8-10 class periods working on their rockets.

After Elliott Breidenstein’s rocket soared high in the air, he quickly ran to recover it.

“It was amazing to see after all the days I worked on it,” the fourth-grader said.

Building the rocket involved “intricate” things that would help a successful launch, such as correct placement of fins, said Brady Hill.

Finlay Cousineau and Casey Ireland said they carefully decorated their rockets as to not damage their completed projects. The pair also made up the Hawaiian Pineapples bocce ball team.

Hill and Ethan Uganski, both 10, made up the Spring Lakeiens bocce ball team. The two friends said they beat one team 12-7, and then were scheduled to go up against one of the more challenging teams.

As the friends waited for their next match to start, Hill considered his favorite part of the tournament.

“Winning games,” he said.

The sponsors for the event were Bigby Coffee, Holmes Parents Club, Jones Trophy House, Olive Garden and Sweet Temptations.

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