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Wisconsin Students Crowned America’s Top Rocketeers

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Madison West High School team tops 830 rocketry teams from across
America to win the Team America Rocketry Challenge and represent the
United States in Summer 2019 international competition

THE PLAINS, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Madison West High School of Madison, Wisconsin today took home the top
prize at the world’s largest student rocketry competition – The
Team America Rocketry Challenge
.

The students from Madison West will now represent the United States at
the International Rocketry Challenge at the Paris International Air Show
in June, facing off against teams from France, the UK, and Japan.

“This feels amazing – I didn’t expect us to win today,” said team
captain Jacob Mello. “We really didn’t know each other well at the
beginning of the year, but we became friends and pulled together as a
team. We encouraged each other, which really helped us today. There’s a
lot of pressure to keep up America’s winning streak in the international
competition, but we’re looking forward to it.”

Teams from Madison West now have won the Team America Rocketry Challenge
three times. This year’s team, consisting of Mazelie Passmore (14), Ella
Paulin (15), Ethan Lan (15), Rohan Yethiraj (15), Jacob Mello (15),
Lukas Weinhold (14), Alex Goff (14), and Nathan Wagner (15), posted a
combined score of 10 across their two launches. Persistence played a big
role in the team’s win, as they were still practice launching the week
of the contest.

The team’s victory follows months of preparation designing, building,
and testing a rocket capable of meeting rigorous mission parameters set
by the contest’s sponsors – the Aerospace
Industries Association
(AIA), National
Association of Rocketry
, and more than 20 industry sponsors. This
year’s rules celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 by requiring
each rocket to carry three eggs in a separate capsule to symbolize the
three astronauts that made the journey to the Moon and back.

The Top 101 teams, hailing from 25 states from Hawaii to New York,
competed for a total of $100,000 in prize money and scholarships at the
national finals – an all-day event held at Great Meadow in The Plains,
Va., outside of Washington, D.C. The $100,000 prize pool will be split
among the Top 10 teams, with Madison West taking home the top prize of
$20,000 as U.S. champions. In addition, the top twenty-five finishers
receive an invitation to participate in NASA’s Student Launch initiative
to continue their exploration of rocketry with high-powered rockets and
challenging mission parameters.

FAST FACTS ON THE ROCKETRY CHALLENGE:

  • 830 teams from 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S.
    Virgin Islands competed in the 2019 edition of the contest.
  • Since its inception in 2003, the contest has inspired more than 70,000
    middle and high school students to explore education and careers in
    science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields

Originally conceived as a celebration of a century of flight, the Team
America Rocketry Challenge has become AIA’s signature STEM initiative
and is supported by a broad array of aerospace and defense industry
companies – led by Diamond Sponsor Raytheon – who see the challenge as a
way to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists who will
power the industry.

“Apollo 11 showed what was scientifically possible through teamwork,
ingenuity and problem-solving skills,” said Raytheon Chairman and CEO
Tom Kennedy. “In their own way, the TARC competitors also learned this
valuable lesson. It’s a lesson they can use throughout their studies,
and in careers that have the promise to further push the bounds of
what’s possible in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”

“These kids are amazing. They leave no doubt that there’s a bright
future for our industry and our country,” said AIA President and CEO
Eric Fanning. “Providing students the opportunity to work with our
experts and an outlet for their talents is one of the most important
things we can do as an industry. We are rooting for every young woman
and man who competed as they pursue their passions for STEM, and look
forward to cheering on the first place team at the international
competition in Paris a few weeks from now.”

For more information and content, check out the official #TARC19 web,
Facebook,
Twitter
and Instagram
pages.

Contacts

Dan Stohr
dan.stohr@aia-aerospace.org
703-517-8173
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Oppenheimer & Co. To Host 19th Annual Consumer Growth and E-Commerce Conference

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Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (“Oppenheimer”) – a leading investment bank, wealth manager, and a subsidiary of Oppenheimer Holdings (NYSE: OPY) – will host its 19th Annual Consumer Growth and E-Commerce Conference on June 18-19 in Boston, MA. This year’s event features companies from prominent consumer brands such as Autozone, Domino’s Pizza, Express, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Six Flags Theme Parks, Tiffany & Company, Ulta, Walmart, Weight Watchers, and Yum Brands.

Of particular note, Oppenheimer is pleased to host nine of the market-leading companies involved with emerging trends in the Cannabis space this year. The event will also feature seven panel discussions, moderated by Oppenheimer Consumer Research Analysts, addressing emerging and disruptive trends in the consumer marketplace as follows:

  • Evolving Role of Technology in the Consumer Sector with Cooler Screens and Lindsay Goldberg LLC, moderated by Brian Nagel
  • A Discussion with Emerging Restaurant Brands with Aurify and B. Good, moderated by Brian Bittner
  • A Discussion on the Evolving US Food & Beverage Landscape with Lifeway, New Age Beverage, and United Natural Foods, moderated by Rupesh Parikh
  • Next Gen Brands Re-Shaping Landscape for Women’s Fashion with CARAA and Rothy’s, moderated by Brian Nagel
  • Exciting New Brands Shaking Up Home Products Space with Burkelman, LoveSac and Resident/Nectar, moderated by Brian Nagel
  • A Discussion on the Emerging CBD Landscape with Curaleaf and CV Sciences, moderated by Rupesh Parikh
  • Leveraging the Power of Digital to Connect with Consumers with Eight and FlexShopper, moderated by Brian Nagel

The conference features Oppenheimer’s Consumer Senior Research Analysts:

  • Brian Bittner, Managing Director Senior Analyst covering Restaurants
  • Brian Nagel, Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering Retail and E-Commerce
  • Rupesh Parikh, Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering Food, Grocery and Consumer Products
  • Ian Zaffino, Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering event-driven Special Situations

“Long-established business models are being upended by disruptive brands and technology, affecting consumer preferences and buying behaviors throughout the consumer industry. This year’s event aims to showcase the mix of market-leading and emerging companies driving and navigating these changes,” said Erica L. Moffett, Managing Director and Associate Director of Research at Oppenheimer. “From effortless payment methods to accelerated delivery times and customized products, consumers want a seamless experience. In order to succeed, companies must stay current on the evolving consumer and we are pleased to host a conference to explore this new landscape.”

Oppenheimer’s next conference will be the Montauk Emerging Life Sciences Summit, which will be held on June 26-28in Montauk, NY. The 22nd Annual Technology, Internet & Communications Conference will follow on August 6-7 in Boston, MA, followed by the Midwest Corporate Access Day in Chicago on August 15.

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (Oppenheimer), a principal subsidiary of Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. (OPY on the New York Stock Exchange), and its affiliates provide a full range of wealth management, securities brokerage and investment banking services to high-net-worth individuals, families, corporate executives, local governments, businesses and institutions.

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iCAN: Israel-Cannabis CEO and Founder Saul Kaye to Participate at the World Cannabis Congress in Saint John, New Brunswick

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iCAN: Israel Cannabis Founder and CEO Saul Kaye will participate at the World Cannabis Conference being held in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada from June 16-18, 2019.

Kaye, a leader in the global cannabis ecosystem will moderate a session entitled, “Innovative Methodologies and Emerging Topics in Global Cannabis Research.”  Panelists are Dr. Suzanne Sisley MD President and Principal Investigator, Scottsdale Research Institute and, Dr. Jerry King, R&D Consultant, CFS.  The session will take place at the Saint John Trade & Convention Centre on June 18.

The World Cannabis Congress (WCC) is an exclusive, invite-only event for international cannabis leaders, influencers and trend setters. The event will have hundreds of attendees from around the world from business, government and medicine.

In addition to his leadership of iCAN: Israel Cannabis, Kaye is an industry advisor to the Medical Cannabis Caucus of the Israeli Parliament, as well as an advisor to the Ministries of Economy and Health in Israel. He is a licensed pharmacist and a successful entrepreneur with both retail and e-commerce experience. Saul has founded multiple companies spanning six countries across the US, EuropeIsrael and Australia.

Canada has truly been a global trailblazer in the cannabis industry.  Canadian cannabis companies and its stock market are influential and forward looking and we in Israel, the R&D capital of cannabis, collaborate with our Canadian friends on many different levels.  I look forward to participating at the WCC as the medicine and business of cannabis develops at breathtaking speed both in Israel and beyond,” said Kaye.

 

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Loyalist College to launch Canada’s first Technology Access Centre for natural products and cannabis

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Loyalist College is the recipient of a $1,750,000 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program grant over five years to launch Canada’s first Technology Access Centre (TAC) for natural products and cannabis. In addition, Loyalist received $1Mthrough the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF) to add specialized equipment to the TAC.

Loyalist was one of 90 recipients at colleges, cégeps and polytechnics across the country to receive part of the $73M in funding, announced today by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. Through the CCI Program and the CIIF, this investment will help post-secondary institutions partner directly with local employers to facilitate commercialization and transform the results of research and development into new technologies to help businesses expand and grow.

The rapid growth of Canada’s cannabis, hops and natural products sectors positions Loyalist’s Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis (ARC) as a national innovation hub for small- to medium-sized enterprises. As a TAC, Loyalist will build on the ARC’s 15 years of natural product extraction expertise and analysis-based applied research. In transitioning to a TAC, Loyalist’s ARC will significantly increase the College’s capacity to lead applied research of commercially relevant natural products and cannabis, and to support innovation by enhancing industries’ access to sector-relevant expertise and technology.

The TAC initiative will cultivate an environment for College-industry partnerships to thrive while providing students with unparalleled opportunities for work-integrated learning; investigating extraction, isolation, and formulation; and product development. In partnership with the Quinte Economic Development Commission (QEDC), Loyalist will support the Bay of Quinte’s burgeoning natural products and cannabis sectors to generate regional socioeconomic benefits, and to provide opportunities for a new generation of innovators. Loyalist will also offer companies across Canada a supportive, community-oriented platform from which to enhance their productivity, expand their reach and augment their competitiveness in the global market.

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“We are very grateful for NSERC’s continued support and proud to be Canada’s first TAC for natural products and cannabis. Loyalist currently has more than 25 companies interested in applied research, and as our ARC transitions into a TAC, we will be able to meet their requirements while significantly extending our network to help more companies to innovate. Our Biosciences and Cannabis Applied Science students will have the advantage of being involved in ground-breaking research that propels Canada forward as the world leader in cannabis and natural product developments.” – Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President & CEO

“It’s great to see this NSERC and CFI funding come through for Loyalist College’s launch of Canada’s first TAC for research in natural products and cannabis. Being able to conduct research in a state-of-the-art facility means that students working in the College’s ARC will be able to build up their expertise in product analysis; which can then be applied directly to commercial development. This is just the beginning of seeing a new series of natural products being designed, assessed, made and delivered from our region.” – Neil R. Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte

“I am so proud to see the innovation that is driving research and economic development in our rural community through Loyalist College’s ARC. Innovation is key to Rural Sustainability and this investment will ensure that we are training the next generation in the latest technological advances. I congratulate them on their NSERC and CFI grant, and wish them all the best of success.” – Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington

“The Quinte Economic Development Commission is proud to be a supporting partner with Loyalist College on this important initiative that is aligned with economic development opportunities and priorities in the region. The TAC will support industry research and innovation for companies in key industry sectors as well as helping students develop in-demand skills and experience. Congratulations to the team at Loyalist on launching this important project.” – Chris King, Chief Executive Officer, Quinte Economic Development Commission

 

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