Notre Dame Academy senior Ava Badii has earned the grand prize in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) essay contest, "Why I Do TARC."  

In her essay, Ava reveals that although she was initially attracted by the promise of "flames and free food," her participation in TARC has yielded far more.  Read Ava's essay and learn more about TARC here.


TARC is the world's largest rocket contest and the aerospace industry's signature STEM program for middle and high school students.  Over the course of the contest, students use hands-on engineering skills to design and fabricate a rocket to meet challenging mission criteria that change each year. The essay competition celebrates TARC's 15th anniversary.


NDA participates in TARC as part of its STEM Pathways (SP2) program.  More information about SP2 is attached.  Congratulations to Ava and the NDA Rocketry Team!