Lackey students put refuse to good use
On May 23, students at Henry E. Lackey High School learned what it takes to stay afloat in the “Whatever Floats Your Boat” Regatta, an annual school competition whereby students are challenged to create a water-worthy craft out of recycled materials.
Teams are tasked with making a boat out of recyclable materials that can support one member of the team as they paddle the 50-meter school swimming pool, said AP environmental science teacher Racheal Wilding-Rizor, who orchestrates the annual event.
“One of the goals of the ‘Whatever Floats Your Boat’ Regatta is to encourage ingenuity and excitement about recycling,” Wilding-Rizor wrote in an email. “This means taking everyday items that we would otherwise discard and using them in novel ways to give them a second life.”
Students are given one week and a set of material guidelines as to what they could and could not use in the construction of their boats, Wilding-Rizor added. The team whose boat crossed the swimming pool the fastest was deemed the winner.
This year’s winners were AP Chemistry students Tre Welch, Amanda Marshall, Autumn Bryant and Dakota Knott.
Above, Henry Lackey High School students paddle across the school swimming pool in boats made of recycled materials during the “Whatever Floats Your Boat” Regatta last week. Left, winners of the “Whatever Floats Your Boat” Regatta at Henry Lackey High School were AP Chemistry students Tre Welch, Amanda Marshall, Autumn Bryant and Dakota Knott with their winning boat, dubbed the “Silver Bullet.”