NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) – A North Andover student’s skill at building a homemade catapult has won him an “egg-cellent” $60,000 scholarship to Merrimack College.

James Vayanos, a 17-year-old senior at North Andover High, said he was “a little dazed” after his victory Saturday against 20 other high school students from around the region.

The contest: Launch eggs into a frying pan 48 feet away using homemade catapults.

Vayanos came closest to the target as his egg hit the side of the pan, winning him the $15,000-per-year scholarship to Merrimack’s civil engineering program.

Vayanos said he spent three hours after school every day for three weeks working on his catapult, and probably will accept the scholarship and attend Merrimack.

This year’s judges included the winners from the contest’s first two years.


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