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Drone team recognized statewide

After the traditional state championship for drone racing was cancelled due to COVID-19, Hydra FPV transitioned to a virtual event. Senior Rafe Covin and junior Clayton Horstman placed first in the team competition May 17 and senior William Schwietering and junior Marcos Tapia Vizcarra finished in fifth, according to drone team advisor Mark Miller.

Marta Hill

May 23, 2020

While the pandemic forced most end-of-year competitions to be canceled, including all Minnesota State High School League events, Park’s drone team was still able to compete in the state championship. Junior Clayton Horstman Olson, who placed first in the team race with senior Rafe Covin, said it was an exciti...

Drone team dominates competition

Senior Cory Kleve and Junior Johnny Falzone give a thumbs up, approving the drone race to begin. Park placed 1st in the Hydra FPV drone race March 8, qualifying the team for state.

Sam Swisher and Claire Bargman

March 10, 2020

The Park drone team competed in the Youth Drone Sports Championships at Benilde March 8. According to Senior Will Schwietering, the event highlighted how unique drone racing is as a sport.  “Drone racing is unlike any other sport, it's like robotics but everybody gets to build their own part of their robo...

Drone racing program takes off

Senior Rafe Covin practices flying a drone Sept. 11. The group's first meeting of the school year included flying around and an informational presentation.

Gabriel Kaplan

September 14, 2019

At Park’s drone racing program’s first meeting Sept. 11, senior Will Schweitering, the leader of the activity, said he hopes to turn drone racing into a club in order to spread the fun of the sport to more people.  “We want to be a club, but it’s really just a way for us to come together and...

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