Organized by fourth grade teacher Chet Kyle, the drop has been happening for more than 20 years at the school, and wouldn’t have been possible without the services of A Cut Above Tree Service, and their boom and picker, he said.

The sun was shining, children were laughing, and there were eggs galore at the annual Butteville Elementary School Egg Drop event last week. This competition gives each student a chance to flex their physics muscles and create a cradle for their fragile-shelled test subject.

Students from fourth through eighth grade used a variety of materials to protect their egg, including cardboard, cotton balls, lunch boxes, tape, sticks, styrofoam, and more, all with the hopes of keeping their egg intact when dropped from 70 feet.

In order to get the drop necessary for the project, Gary Padula and Zach Schneider from A Cut Above Tree Service donated the their large boom, and collected projects from eager students to be dropped from far above.

Organized by fourth grade teacher Chet Kyle, the drop has been happening for more than 20 years at the school, and wouldn’t have been possible without the services of A Cut Above Tree Service, and their boom and picker, he said.

Fourth grader Annabel Beard was one of many fourth graders whose egg remained intact.

This year’s project was her best, she said, adding that last year’s project was just a water bottle with fluff in it. She, like a majority of the other student participants, were thinking about what could improve on and make for the next year.

Students are graded on three criteria, including artistry, tech, and overall points.

While most students are graded on the same criteria, seventh and eighth grade students get judged a bit more seriously with categories including artistry, tech, and points, but also including flight, survival and design.

This year, the seventh grade students were not graded, in order for them to have a practice run before they attempt again in eighth grade. Eighth grade students with the highest scores go on to compete in the College of the Siskiyous “Inspiration Day,” where students from all over the county participate for the Golden Frying Pan trophy.

Class winners of the 2019 Butteville Egg Drop were:

4th Grade

• 1st – Jade Hubbard

• 2nd – Ivy Beard

• 3rd – Jacqueline Paredes

• Art – Annabel Beard

• Tech – Cameron Jones

5th Grade

• 1st – Maci Phillips

• 2nd – Andres Guzman

• 3rd – Conner Hosino & Maddie LaDue

• Art – Marianne Tafoya

• Tech – Maci Phillips

6th Grade

• 1st – Logan Wood

• 2nd – Audrey Chapman

• 3rd – Hunter Fredrickson

• Art – Ella Falconer

• Tech – Ella Cochran

8th Grade

• 1st – Sofia Morlet

• 2nd – Julia Haugen

• 3rd – Cool Pearson

• Art – Mekenzie Charlton

• Tech – Claire Otrin