By Brooke Criswell, Contributor
Seventy-six universities and over two thousand students participated in the national Red Bull Paper Wings Competition. The event, held Tuesday afternoon at Council Bluffs Municipal Airport, centered on the simple idea of folding pa-per. However, it garnered partici-pants from across the world; the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Creighton University were the Nebraska universities chosen to participate.
“Since anyone can fold a paper plane, it appeals to every person on campus,” said Garrett Mix, a UNO junior who served as a Red Bull student brand manager and helped coordinate the event.
According to the event website, the recipe for success in the competition requires a strong dose of exceptional folding abilities as well as creativity, imagination and a grasp of basic aeronautic rules.
The universities are judged by three categories: distance, time and aerobatics. The aerobatics component is evaluated by three judges on how the plane is built, how it looks and the tricks it can perform.
The top students in each region of the United States will be sent to Austria to compete against oth–er countries at the Global Finals which are held May 8–9 .
“I didn’t get any sponsors but I am doing this event with UNO’s flight team,” Mix said. “This event is somewhat the capstone to the year.”
The first place winners of all three categories will receive a 24-pack of Red Bull per month for one year, second place finishers will receive $100 gift cards to The Bluejay Bar, and third place finishers will receive three 24-packs of Red Bull. The top three students with the best scores in the Midwest will be sent to Salzburg, Austria to compete at Red Bull’s Hangar Seven in May.