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NCMS Annual Boat Races

By: Jeremiah Dalrymple & Rachel Schmitz

May 14, 2018

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    The pool was warming up on Tuesday, May 15 as the eighth graders from Nemaha Central Middle School kicked off their boat races at the Seneca Aquatic Center. The goal for the students was to build a boat out of cardboard and duct tape capable of holding one or more people that can be launched and paddled across the pool. Before the students could get to work, they had to be aware of what the limitations were.

    First, the only materials available for students to use were duct tape and cardboard, that was no more than ½ inch in thickness. Second, no rafts were allowed, and boats could be no longer than 7 feet. Only two layers of duct tape were allowed to be used. With these rigid requirements for the boats, students found the task difficult and challenging.

    There were five possible awards students could win for their boat. These include fastest, best design, best dressed crew, and Davy Jones locker award. Students could also receive extra credit by wearing coordinated outfits and having a theme for their boat.

    The students faced many challenges in the pool. Some boats sank, while others cruised through the waters and made it to the other side of the pool with ease. Most of the difficulties came with the structure of the boats. Many boats just didn’t have the proper points and edges that they could have made with more supplies and time.

    “The boat races were really fun!”, said Brenden Bearce “I wish my boat would have done better though.”

    The winners of the boat awards were the Fastest Boat: “Grey’s Anatomy” by Nadia Padilla, Taryn Ganstrom, Ryan Lueger, and Katelyn Ohlsen; Davy Jones Locker Award: “Boat N’ Vine” by Taryn Bergman, Amber Blume, and Katelynn Scott; Best Dressed Crew: “Roboat Cop” by Kaleb Reitz, Slade Uselton, and Marcus Beck; Best Boat Design/Decorations: “Sam McWilliams, Rachel Schmitz, Diamond Bentley, Ellie Mady, and Ethel Mauwa.

    “I enjoyed getting to make the boats with my friends and facing the challenges we had with getting across the pool,” said Nadia Padilla.

    Overall, the eighth graders enjoyed building these boats as an end-of-the-year project.

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