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When the egg drops, will it break?

Pictured from left: St. John Catholic School Egg Drop Competition winners Summer Huber, Madison Harmening, science teacher Toni LaFlame, Sara Stromberg and Kristine Renehan.
Pictured from left: St. John Catholic School Egg Drop Competition winners Summer Huber, Madison Harmening, science teacher Toni LaFlame, Sara Stromberg and Kristine Renehan. (Submitted photo, Carroll County Times)

St. John Catholic School, in Westminster, sent three teams to vie at the annual Egg Drop Competition held Feb. 1 at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson. Forty teams, comprising more than 140 students, participated in this year's event.

The St. John Catholic School team nicknamed "Purple Platipie" won first place in the Division I challenge. The objective was to construct something which holds an egg, drop it from a height of four meters toward a target on the ground, and have the egg survive unbroken. Scoring included various factors such as the weight and length of the device, the distance from the target and the survival of the egg. There was also a surprise engineering challenge earning the team points that were added to the total score.

The first-place team - Summer Huber, Kristine Renehan, Sara Stromberg and Madison Harmening - received an iPod and a certificate.

St. John School had two teams registered in Division I, involving fourth- and fifth-grade girls, and one team registered in Division II, involving sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade girls.

The school's second Division I team consisted of fifth-graders Amanda Smith, Hannah Poppek, Lauren Watson and Sarina Siason. Although they did not place, the students did an an outstanding job, said Toni LaFlame, middle school science teacher at St. John School.

The school's Division II team, which consisted of students Victoria Kapfer, Christina Richardson and Grace Allen, placed fifth out of more than 20 teams in the division.

LaFlame helped the students prepare for the annual competition.

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