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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( July 11, 1999)
LOCAL STUDENT COMPETED IN SUNRAYCE ’ 99
Brendan Getz of Sidney is a member of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s ( SDSM& T) Solar Motion Team which recently competed in Sunrayce ’ 99. Getz is a computer engineering major at Tech. Tuesday, June 29 was the last day of competition for Sunrayce ’ 99 after ten days and 1300 miles of racing. The SDSM& T team finished in 25th place overall with a total elapsed time of 89: 39: 23, and a total average speed of 15.88 mph.
The top three finishers in Sunrayce ’ 99 were in 3rd place, Rose- Hulman Institute of Technology; in 2nd place, Queen’s University; and coming in 1st place was the University of Missouri- Rolla.
This year’s race began in our nations capital, Washington, D. C. on June 20, and concluded June 29 at Epcot in Orlando, Florida. Twenty- nine competitors traveled through Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida with one rest day on June 25.
Sunrayce was created in 1990 by General Motors ( GM) and the Department of Energy to promote educational excellence in science, engineering, and mathematics by offering students a valuable hands- on educational opportunity. This year’s event was sponsored by GM, the Department of Energy, and Electronic Data Systems Corp.
Team members on Tech’s Solar Motion Team include: team leader senior Ken Harding of Newell; seniors Jon Busby of Yankton, Angie Monheim of Rapid City, Electrical Engineering; freshman Josh Ruzzo of Yankton, Computer Science; senior Tony Bader of Hillsboro MO, Metallurgical Engineering; sophomore Matt Mitzel of Gillette WY, Electrical Engineering; sophomore Zane Green of Sundance WY, Computer Science; freshmen Craig Berens of Chancellor, and Chris Hofer of Freeman, Computer Engineering; seniors Will Kroll of Corbett OR, and Nick Svalstad of Hermosa, Mechanical Engineering; and sophomore Nick Vosberg of Lake Elmo MN, Geology.
For more information about Sunrayce ‘ 99 visit the Sunrayce website at www. sunrayce. com/ sunrayce.
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