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Local students win design competition

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 State Superintendent Randy Dorn says, for the fourth consecutive year, a team of students from Kennewick has won a statewide design competition and will get a chance to compete for national prizes.

The team, from Kamiakin High School, won the 2012 Washington State Real World Design Challenge by designing a sport aircraft.

 Calling themselves Sandy Planes, the team is comprised of the following members: Cooper Atkinson, Kyle Deatherage, Devin Gerboth, Joe Luey, Paul Pierson, Robin Rakowski and Sangeetha Thevuthasan.

The team is coached by Kennewick architect Terrance Casey. "Congratulations go out to Sandy Planes," Dorn said. "It's amazing that they've won the award four years in a row. That's a testament to both the students and the teachers who care about the competition."

This year's challenge was to design a light sport aircraft that could carry two passengers 200 miles in less than two hours.

The design had to follow criteria established by the Federal Aviation Administration and had to satisfy about a dozen other capacity and technical constraints.