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Photo Gallery: The Fling in Platte

Sierra Burg, a seventh-grader at Wessington Springs, adjusts the hook on the back of her team's catapult during the final round of water balloon tossing during The Fling in Platte. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)1 / 7
Sadie Roduner, a seventh-grader at Wessington Springs, stands ready at her team’s catapult before the second round of water balloon tossing at The Fling on Wednesday afternoon in Platte. Roduner said her favorite part of the event was “the splatter painting” of the catapult. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)2 / 7
Joel Bailey, superintendent of Platte-Geddes School, braces himself as he is hit with water balloons during The Fling on Wednesday in Platte. Students were given a chance to toss water balloons at their administrators after testing their catapults and trebuchets. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)3 / 7
Mari Biehl, left, coordinator for the South Dakota Innovation Lab, and Andy Van Essen, Platte-Geddes social studies teacher, fill the last round of water balloons for the catapult and trebuchet competition Wednesday at The Fling in Platte. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)4 / 7
Matthew Huisman, a senior at Wessington Springs High School, prepares to play the board game Castle Siege during The Fling on Wednesday in Platte. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)5 / 7
Tammy Darling, of Platte, gets into the spirit of The Fling and dresses as a renaissance woman Wednesday in Platte. Darling said she is “just into dressing up." (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)6 / 7
Ashton Porter, a freshman at Platte-Geddes High School, hands out water balloons to the catapult and trebuchet teams during The Fling on Wednesday in Platte. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)7 / 7

The Fling is a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition for students from Wessington Springs, Armour and Platte-Geddes. The students formed teams to build trebuchets and catapults, both of which were used to fling water balloons, and performed a scene from a Shakespeare play. The first year of The Fling brought 350 to 375 students to the South Park of Platte on Wednesday morning, according to Joel Bailey, superintendent of Platte-Geddes School. 

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