MCCC Aviation Students Take First Place at Regional Competition

Three Earn Top-Scoring Award

11-13-06

Photo Caption: Members of the Mercer County Community College Flight Team display their trophies after winning the Intercollegiate Flying Association's regional championship. Pictured, from left, are students Tabatha Ialacci, Andres Hidalgo, Luis Nazario, Jacob Copeland, Evan Conley and Sean Day, with MCCC Technical Assistant Diane Loving.

WEST WINDSOR, NJ: Mercer County Community College's Aviation Flight Technology students took first place at the Intercollegiate Flying Association's regional championship competitions in Schenectady, New York Oct. 20-23.

Pitting their skills in the air and on the ground against four-year and two-year colleges, Mercer's team was the overall winner, scoring 310 points to the second place team's 141 points. Evan Conley of Langhorne, PA, and Sean Day of Burlington, NJ ranked number one and two in the "Top Scoring Male Contestant" category, while Tabatha Ialacci of Hamilton scored number one in the "Top Scoring Female Contestant" category. Other trophies won by the MCCC team included "Ground Events Team Champion," "Flying Events Team Champion," and the "Regional Championship Safety Award."

Mercer's Aviation Flight Technology program attracts students from throughout the state and region. The college owns a fleet of airplanes housed at the Trenton-Mercer Airport.

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