History Students Under Siege

Teacher Chris Bost measures the distance of launched ball from the catapult. (By Kristen Hogue/Student contributor)

Student contributor

Teacher Chris Bost’s ninth grade history class designed catapults over the course of the last month to launch tennis balls behind the school. 

This activity was done to teach students about siege engineering, which includes an introduction into more siege weaponry, as well as siege defense,s used in history.

Fifth period student Lucas Blum, along with his partner, Riley Fry, created the catapult that launched a tennis ball the farthest at 157.3 feet.

Blum stated, “I was inspired by medieval catapults that I saw online. I feel ecstatic about that [the distance of their launch].”


Dylan Lu, Kristen Hogue, Gabe Dresbach and Jacob Umstead are students at Cranberry High School and members of Cranberry Chronicles, the school’s journalism/publications class.

Student prepares to launch (By Kristen Hogue/Student contributor)

Launching the catapult proves to be quite the effort with this structure. (By Kristen Hogue/Student contributor)

A creative mini structure launches a ball a short distance. (photo by Kristen Hogue/Student contributor)

Students prepare the rugged catapult for launch. (By Kristen Hogue/Student contributor)

Catapulting is a team effort. (By Gabe Dresbach/Student contributor)

Students get creative with their catapult. (By Jacob Umstead/Student contributor)

A historically realistic catapult does not disappoint. (photo by Jacob Umstead/Student contributor)

Students have a blast while firing balls from their catapults. (By Jacob Umstead/Student contributor)