Boat Races Make a Splash

The eleventh annual Central Academy Boat Races made a big splash with the seventh grade Prep students!  The races, traditionally held right before winter break, provide an opportunity for teams of students to collaborate on a design and the construction of a boat made entirely out of cardboard and duct tape.  Student teams construct their boat to hold one student, the captain, who races other teams down the entire length of the Central Campus pool and back.  The top two finishers from each of the three heats then competed one final time for the title of overall champion.

Despite the postponement of this year’s race due to winter storm, Draco, students and staff really got into the spirit of friendly competition and having fun.  Upon returning from winter break, students were ready to test their designs.  Cheers and groans could be heard around the pool as boats glided throught the water or slowly took on water and sank.  A pool party, games, and activities in the gym rounded out the days of boat building and racing.

Central Academy’s Prep Academy is led by teachers Diane Fox, Lana Lyddon Hatten, Petra Lange, and Diane Morain and advisor Denis Hildreth.  Prep Academy serves seventh grade students, from under-represented populations, who show high academic talent in core areas.

You can watch the video here.





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