LETU's "Sting" Precision Flight Team placed 7th place in the nation, ahead of noteworthy competitors including the U.S. Air Force Academy, Liberty University and my alma mater Oklahoma State University at the 2016 National Intercollegiate Flight Association SAFECON flight competition held at The Ohio State University last week. This year's Sting Team improved on last year's 8th place finish. LETU finished 15th in 2014.
LETU was ranked 6th in Ground Events and 7th in Flight Events with an overall 7th place ranking, which is the highest LETU has ever achieved. It was the third time since we began competing, in 2004, that LETU has ranked 7th.
This year was exceptional because it was the first time in our team's history that it earned more than 200 points overall, and our LETU team of Cameron Laramee and Jonathan Deak not only became national champions by placing in first, but they made NIFA history with the best score ever in national competition history with a score of 20 in the Crew Resource Management (CRM) competition.
This year was also the first year that Jered Lease was faculty advisor for NIFA, since former advisor Brad Wooden is teaching full-time at our new McKinney site. Jered is no stranger to NIFA
competition, and this year's showing is certainly one I know Jered wants to build upon.
This year's team members were team captains Cameron Laramee and Jacob Weeks, Er-Jin Jang, Thomas Alley, James Galan, Noah Bronner, Jonathan Deak, Jonathan Reigle, Cody Shamblin and Trevor Taylor. See more details about their individual accomplishments on our website here.
These are incoming students who are now a part of our LeTourneau University family. They got to meet Buzz, our mascot, as well as acclimate to campus life with prayer and praise activities, early registration for classes and residence hall assignments.