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Citadel News Service
26 Feb 2011

Cadets win first "Storm The Citadel" championship

The Citadel cadet Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers walked away with the Spartan helmet trophy at Saturday's first “Storm The Citadel Trebuchet Competition,” sponsored by The Citadel and Google. Coming in second place was Porter Gaud School.

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From right: Dennis Fallon, dean of the School of Engineering, and Jeff Stevenson, Citadel Class of '91, of Google, present the Spartan helmet trophy to the cadets of The Citadel Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the inaugural winners  of the Storm The Citadel Trebuchet Competition.

Thirteen area high schools, four teams from The Citadel and two Lowcountry businesses took part in the competition, which will be an annual event.

Co-hosted by Google and The Citadel, the Storm The Citadel Trebuchet Competition reinforces the importance of science, technology and mathematics education. Teams had to build a trebuchet, which is a type of catapult, capable of accurately tossing a standard size orange between 50 and 200 feet at a target. Points will be awarded and winners selected based on accuracy, design and team spirit. Teams dressed in costumes ranging from science nerds and scientists to medieval knights and Roman soldiers.

The Citadel and Google are among the Lowcountry’s leaders in providing opportunities and initiatives to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs in the schools. The “Storm The Citadel” contest was designed to get students excited about science and technology and to encourage them to have fun while learning.

Here are the rest of the results from the inaugural Storm The Citadel Trebuchet Competition, sponsored by The Citadel and Google.

High School Division
Accuracy
1st place – Porter Gaud School
2nd place – West Ashley High School
3rd place – James Island Charter High School

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Competitors were encouraged to wear costumes during the inaugural Storm The Citadel Trebuchet Competition.

Design
1st – Wando High School
2nd – West Ashley High School
3rd – Charleston Charter School for Math & Science

Spirit
1st – Stratford High School
2nd – West Ashley High School
3rd -- Porter Gaud

High School Division Winner – Porter Gaud School

Corporate/Organizations Division
Accuracy
1st – Citadel Cadet Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers
2nd – Navy Battalion ROTC Detachment – The Citadel
3rd –  (TIE) Google and The Citadel Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (The Citadel Graduate College engineering undergraduates)

Design
1st – The Citadel Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (The Citadel Graduate College engineering undergraduates)
2nd -- Citadel Cadet Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers
3rd – SAIC: Science Applications International Corporation’s Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Information Technology (C4IT) Business Unit.

Spirit
1st – Google
2nd – SAIC: Science Applications International Corporation’s Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Information Technology (C4IT) Business Unit
3rd – The Citadel Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (The Citadel Graduate College engineering undergraduates)

Corporate/Organization Division Winner – Citadel Cadet Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers

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