Lackey stu­dents put refuse to good use

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­ Twit­ter: @JamieACIndyNews

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.”

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