Ti­tan Pride

Sackville Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - SUB­MIT­TED BY AINS­LEY CUN­NING­HAM Ains­ley Cun­ning­ham is a Grade 10 stu­dent at Tantra­mar Re­gional High School.

Zach Cormier, right, is all smiles as Aaron Rose hoists up the tro­phy while their fel­low mem­bers of the win­ning Bad ’n Buoy team from Tantra­mar Re­gional High School cel­e­brate their vic­tory dur­ing Fri­day af­ter­noon’s an­nual Dragon Boat races at Jones Lake in Monc­ton. Bad ’n Buoy was one of seven Ti­tan teams in this year’s races.

The Ti­tans were the real MVPS at this year’s Greater Monc­ton Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val, with one third of Tantra­mar’s stu­dents com­pet­ing in a boat.

On Fri­day, June 2, all seven of the Tantra­mar Re­gional High School boats made their way down to Jones’ Lake. In-de­centseas, Le­viathan, Po­sei­don’s Pi­rates, Guardians, Cen­sor­ship, Lake Pa­trol and Bad ‘n Buoy all ar­rived in typ­i­cal Ti­tan fashion: cheer­ing.

At the begin­ning of the dragon boat sea­son, the Ti­tans set them­selves a school-wide fundrais­ing goal of $18,000, an am­bi­tious amount for a school of ap­prox­i­mately 450 stu­dents, with only a por­tion of them com­pet­ing. In­stead of shrink­ing in the face of the chal­lenge, the Ti­tans rose and con­quered. The stu­dents of TRHS fundraised over $22,000, smash­ing their goal for this year. Mem­bers of the Grade 10 boat Le­viathan earned them­selves the name of high­est fundrais­ing boat in the en­tirety of the 2017 Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val. They man­aged to raise over $6,500, top­pling last year’s fundrais­ing record and mak­ing it the high­est amount fundraised in Tantra­mar row­ing his­tory. This isn’t the first time Tantra­mar has im­pressed with their dragon boat fundrais­ing. Over 12 years of row­ing, the Ti­tans have raised a col­lec­tive $173,000, more than triple the to­tal of any other school.

How­ever, it wasn’t only in the fundrais­ing as­pect of the fes­ti­val that the Ti­tans rep­re­sented. Their spirit stayed with them, both be­fore and af­ter the races. The Ti­tans were not daunted at the an­nounce­ment of last year’s win­ner; they sim­ply cheered louder. With this be­ing the first year of ev­ery high school in the An­glo­phone School District be­ing rep­re­sented by a dragon boat, the en­thu­si­asm was mon­u­men­tal. Af­ter an af­ter­noon of face paint­ing and school cheers, the Ti­tan boats took to the wa­ters, ready to fight with all their Ti­tan might.

The Ti­tan morale was at an all­time

high. The seven Tantra­mar boats set sail, and to the beat of their drum­mer they rowed with all their power as sup­port­ing Ti­tans cheered them on from the shore. When the wa­ter set­tled and all row­ers made their way onto shore, the schools gath­ered to hear the re­sults. In-de­centseas, Cen­sor­ship and Le­viathan all showed im­prove­ment ev­ery race.

“I’m en­er­gized, with a pos­i­tive out­look on our com­mu­nity’s in­volve­ment. And we weren’t the worst!” said Grade 11 Cen­sor­ship rower David “Davido” In­galls.

With four Ti­tan boats re­main­ing, they all man­aged to row their way into the fi­nals.

Lake Pa­trol earned them­selves a re­spectable sixth place, with Po­sei­don’s Pi­rates tak­ing fourth for their first year of row­ing. The Guardians made their way back onto the podium af­ter

some fierce races, tak­ing home bronze for the Ti­tans.

Fi­nally, the mo­ment came with the fi­nal two be­ing called for­ward. Af­ter a col­lec­tive hold­ing of breath, the Ti­tans ex­ploded into cheers as Ti­tan boat Bad ‘n Buoy claimed the dragon boat tro­phy, beat­ing the Monc­ton High team by mere mil­lisec­onds.

Earn­ing them­selves gold medals, the beau­ti­ful dragon boat tro­phy will also be re­turn­ing to Tantra­mar where it be­longs, and will re­main there un­til next year’s fes­ti­val. The Bad ‘n Buoy row­ers ended the day with a splash, jump­ing into the lake to cel­e­brate their out­stand­ing win.

All the Ti­tans rep­re­sented their school and com­mu­nity at the 2017 Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val. We’d like to give spe­cial thanks to Josh Tower and Ash­ley Fenton who kept up the Ti­tan spirit as

our mas­cots at the event. To all vol­un­teers who ded­i­cated time and en­ergy to the Ti­tan boats, the Tantra­mar stu­dents thank you.

The main as­pect of this fes­ti­val is rais­ing money for a worthy cause, and it is in this that Tantra­mar al­ways ex­cels be­cause of the sup­port it re­ceives. The row­ers would also like to thank all the teach­ers who spent their week­ends help­ing them fundraise and drove up the day of the races to sup­port their team. The Ti­tans dom­i­nated in both as­pects of the fes­ti­val this year, and owe it to the as­sis­tance of the vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers. With this year’s suc­cess in mind, ev­ery­one is de­ter­mined to keep the tro­phy where it be­longs. Make way, row­ers; the Ti­tans are back in the game.

KATIE TOWER PHOTO

PAMELA SCH­NEI­DER PHOTO

Three Ti­tan boats – Bad ‘n Buoy, the Guardians and Lake Pa­trol – bat­tle it out dur­ing one of Fri­day af­ter­noon’s Dragon Boat races at Jones Lake in Monc­ton.

KATIE TOWER PHOTO

Bad ‘n Buoy brought home gold medals and the Dragon Boat tro­phy af­ter win­ning top spot in a close-fought fi­nal race on Fri­day af­ter­noon. An­other Ti­tan boat, the Guardians, earned a bronze medal.

PAMELA SCH­NEI­DER PHOTO

Le­viathan mem­bers pose for a photo on the dock be­fore head­ing out in their first race dur­ing Fri­day’s dragon boat event in Monc­ton.

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