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Three NYC college students move forward in Red Bull’s worldwide paper plane competition

Photos courtesy of Red Bull FMS, Alli Brodsky

A trio of New York City college students got their wings this past weekend in Long Island City and only plan on aiming higher.

Over 500 students from seven city universities and colleges gathered on March 29 at Studio Square in LIC to vie for a spot in the worldwide competition called Red Bull Paper Wings.

The participants were asked to create paper planes out of material provided during the day of the competition, which was judged by professional skydiver and Red Bull athlete Jeff Provenzano.

Out of the hundreds which represented schools such as Manhattan College, and New York, Columbia, St. John’s, Hofstra, Fordham, and Rutgers universities, three came out victorious.

David Sander from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute won Longest Airtime with four seconds, Kevin Maghami from NYU Medical won Best Aerobatics with a score of 29 out of 30 points from judges, and Anthony Giacomelli won Longest Distance with 69 feet.

These students’ times will now be compared to others in the region. A total of 12 winners – made up of the top in each category per region – will be selected in two weeks as finalists and get to attend Red Bull’s World Finals in Salzburg, Austria on May 8 and 9.

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