Nathan Purk of Oak Harbor, along with his teammate Susan Johnson of Bowling Green, finished first in Aerospace at the 62nd Annual National 4-H Engineering Challenge in West Lafayette, Indiana, Sept. 23-25.
Aerospace is one of nine contests in the event. The contest included a written exam on aerospace knowledge and rocket parts, building a model rocket from common household and recycled items and then launching the rocket multiple times.
The event drew 50 contestants from nine states. All of the contestants had won county and state competitions to qualify for the national event.
Purk also competed as a member of first-place Team Ohio in the Engineering Bowl, a quiz bowl style competition requiring quick recall and in-depth knowledge of the nine project areas.
Nathan is a sophomore honor student at Oak Harbor High School where he plays trombone in the Rocket Marching and Jazz bands and runs on the cross country and track teams. He is the son of Ron and Joyce Purk. Nathan is a member of the Goal Getters 4-H Club of Ottawa County.
Benton-Carroll-Salem Superintendent Guy Parmigian commented, “We are very proud of Nathan’s accomplishments. Nathan is to be commended for his strong work ethic, attention to detail, and motivation for achieving this national recognition.