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Pumpkin Chunkin’ champions

For the second year in a row, Millville High School’s engineering club teams came home winners from the 15th annual Pumpkin Chunkin’ contest held Oct. 27 at the South Jersey Technology Park in Mantua Township and sponsored by Rowan University’s chapter of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers. The goal of Pumpkin Chunkin’ is to promote science, technology, engineering and math education. Teams built and competed with pumpkin-throwing catapults, trebuchets and ballista capable of launching pumpkins across a 400-foot range. Millville sent two teams. Competing on the boys team were David Crain, Theo Sherman, Christian Bird, Wesley Musto, Richie Rivera, Ryan Bailey, Kyle Bowles, Michael Bartley, Aaron Musick, Shane McCarron and Aaron Zielinski. The boys team came in first place, winning a trophy and a $500 3-D printer. Competing on the girls team were Maggie Mayfield, Hailey Holmes, Christianna Zimmerman, Alyssa Robbins, Madeline Mayfield and Lena Hammer, a foreign exchange student from Germany. The girls came in second, winning a trophy and multi-tools for the team members.

Watch pumpkins fly through the air from trebuchets created by teams of area students and residents in this year’s Rowan University Pumpkin Chunkin’ contest.

The Rowan University student section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers will host its 16th annual competition 9 a.m. Oct. 26 at the South Jersey Technology Park, 107 Gilbreth Parkway in Mullica Hill. The competition will last until about 4 p.m.

Teams from area schools will compete in this year’s Marvel vs. DC-themed event including Cape May County Technical School and Millville High School.

Last year, more than 20 teams from universities, high schools and colleges from the tri-state area competed, and more than 400 people attended the event.

Pumpkin Chunkin’ challenges prospective and current engineering students to work together to build a machine according to certain specifications to develop their engineering design skills.

It also provides an opportunity for like-minded students from across the region to connect with and learn from each other while they have fun launching pumpkins.

The day also will feature a faculty/staff pumpkin-carving challenge, a costume contest, food trucks and more.

— Claire Lowe

Contact: 609-272-7251 CLowe@pressofac.com

Twitter @clairelowe

I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.