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Epping High School English teacher John Herman is one of 20 semi-finalists in a national competition that will eventually put one lucky winner on a flight to space. (JASON SCHREIBER)

Epping teacher makes top 5 in space contest

An Epping High School teacher has been chosen as one of five finalists in a national competition that could send him into space.

John Herman, 34, announced Tuesday that he was selected as a finalist from 20 semi-finalists hoping to win a sub-orbital space flight in the Space Needle's Space Race 2012.

Herman was one of 50,000 people who originally entered the competition being held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Seattle's Space Needle tower. He was later asked to make a video explaining why he should be chosen for the flight, which will be offered through Space Adventures, a Virginia-based company that provides space flights.

Herman will now head to Seattle in May to compete in a series of physical and mental challenges to determine the winner.

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