Crooksville High School Team Wins 7th Annual Egg Drop

NEWARK, Ohio, May 3, 2019 – A team from Crooksville High School took home the first place trophy in the 7th Annual Egg Drop competition at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). Junior and senior members of the team won a $1,000 COTC scholarship and all teammates received a Sonosphere Bluetooth speaker and trophy. Another team from Crooksville took second place, and a team from Coshocton High School placed third. Second-place winners received a Switchback headphone speaker and a trophy; third place winners received a COTC swag bag and a trophy. More than 200 students from 24 different Ohio high schools competed.

ImageThe egg drop competition is a classic engineering experiment. The objective of the competition is to design a device that will protect an egg from breaking when it is dropped from a height of approximately 22 feet. Entrants compete to design the device with the lightest weight, the fewest number of parts and the most accurate fall to the drop zone target. The competition encourages ingenuity and innovation in high school students who have an interest in engineering, but it is also open to those students who plan on pursuing education outside of engineering after high school.

The competition was held Friday, April 26 in the John Gilbert Reese Center on the shared campus of COTC and The Ohio State University at Newark. The competition is put on each year by COTC's engineering technology department.

While on campus, entrants also explored STEM careers and education through hands-on activities, interactive demonstrations and STEM entertainment at the Destination for Innovation Extravaganza that included:

* Math Connect! with COTC Assistant Professor of Mathematics Emily Dennett

* Toothpick Bridge Smash with COTC engineering program

* Licking County Soil & Water

* Licking County Recycling

* The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology

* Beyond Space with Ohio State Newark Associate Professor Michael Stamatikos, Ph.D.

* Form5 Prosthetics Inc., a nonprofit founded by Ohio State Newark student Aaron Westbrook

Sponsors for the 2019 Egg Drop Competition event included: MPW Industrial Services; Trillium Farms; UMD Automated Systems; MS Consultants, Inc.; Screen Machine Industries; Tech International; McWane Ductile and Weekley Electric, LLC.

Complete listing of 2019 Egg Drop Competition winners: 

Freshman Division

1st - Jeremy Johnson, Johnstown High School

2nd - Jonah Hoffman-Weitsman, Lancaster High School

3rd - Gabriella Pound, Granville Christian Academy

Sophomore Division

1st - Nick Townsend

2nd - TJ Echard, Granville Christian Academy

3rd - Emilee Mills, Granville Christian Academy

Junior Division

1st - Sam Short, Granville Christian Academy

2nd - Thomas Benvie, Granville Christian Academy

3rd - Alexander Deeds, Granville Christian Academy

Senior Division          

1st - Sarah Hill, Granville Christian Academy

2nd - Dominic Nutter, Granville Christian Academy

3rd - Sean Magers, East Knox High School

Team Division            

1st - Egg-sterminators - Jacey Halsey, Mykensie White, Chloe Alfmann - Crooksville High School

2nd - The ScRaMbLeRs - Walker Harris, Brock White, Mark Westfall - Crooksville High School

3rd - Crowtown Conservatives - Brody Hammersley, Justin Skeleton , Evan Bradford, Clay Whittington - Coshocton High School

Four of COTC's engineering technology programs are internationally accredited by ABET. To learn more about the degrees and certificates available in engineering technology, visit

COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.