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Clarenville area schools compete in Marine Institute model boat race

Riverside Elementary were the first ever elementary school to participate in the Marine Institute model boat race. From left, Christyn Davis, Keegan Turner, Ethan Glass, Tiffany Jenkins, Katie Spurrell, Jocelyn Coates, Russell Monk, Parker Spurrell and Tristian Spurrell.
Riverside Elementary were the first ever elementary school to participate in the Marine Institute model boat race. From left, Christyn Davis, Keegan Turner, Ethan Glass, Tiffany Jenkins, Katie Spurrell, Jocelyn Coates, Russell Monk, Parker Spurrell and Tristian Spurrell. - Mark Squibb

Riverside Elementary first ever elementary school to compete

Clarenville High School was the overall winner of the Marine Institute model boat race. Their boat was judged both the fastest and most maneuverable.
Clarenville High School was the overall winner of the Marine Institute model boat race. Their boat was judged both the fastest and most maneuverable.

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.

Twelve teams representing 11 schools participated in the Marine Institute’s seventh annual model boat race on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Riverside Elementary was one of those 12 teams, and their involvement this year marks the first time an elementary school has entered the competition.

The Grade 6 team from Riverside fared well against their high school competitors, placing sixth fastest and winning an award for the most innovative design.

“They showed determination, resiliency and sportsmanship and thus represented our school very well,” said Riverside Elementary teacher and robotics coach Chad Spurrell. “They also had to overcome some challenges throughout the day as the rudder broke off twice and they had to make repairs in-between races.”

Last year Riverside students also entered a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) competition aimed at junior high school students.

Clarenville High and Heritage Collegiate in Lethbridge also competed.

Each team of students had to design and build their own model boat to race head-to head in the flume tank for title of fastest boat.

Teams also had to navigate their boats through an obstacle course.

Results

Following are the results from race day:

Overall winner - Clarenville High

Super Skipper award - David Dalton, Fatima Academy Team 2, St. Bride’s

Most innovative design - Riverside Elementary, Clarenville

Best poster and design booklet – Fatima Academy Team 1, St. Bride’s

Most aesthetically pleasing boat - Roncalli Central High, Avondale

Team spirit- Ascension Collegiate, Bay Roberts

Fastest boat – Clarenville High

Most maneuverable boat – Clarenville High

Mark.squibb@thepacket.ca

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