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Tuesday January 9, 2018 at 12:28pm Age: 1 year
Category: High School, District, Middle School


Student, faculty and staff teams have set up shipyards across campus to build a cardboard vessel capable of weathering the perilous crossing of the high school pool on January 17. Join us to cheer them on, and laugh your heart out!

WHAT: The Third Annual Minisink Valley Regatta
WHEN: Wed., Jan. 17, 2:40 – 3:30 p.m., immediately after school. (Snow date: Thu., Jan 18)
WHERE: Minisink Valley High School Pool
WHO: Open to everyone
WHY: To benefit The Chris Corwin Scholarship Fund
DONATION: $1 per spectator at the door
SPONSOR: MVHS Technology Club
TEAMS: Girl Scout Troop 153 • District Security • MS/HS Technology • Volleyball Team & Alumni • IT Team • Robotics Club (3 teams) • HS Phys. Ed. • MS Technology Club • MS Maintenance • Team Duct Tape (Defending Champs) • JROTC
ACTIVITIES & EVENTS: Boat Introductions • Races • Feats of Strength • Awards & Participation Certificates
Boat specs, race rules, and event timeline

Robotics Club sends three teams to the races...

The YM Builderators team involves students in grades 7-10. YM stands for “Your majesty,” but that’s a long story, they claim. During a recent building session after school, they pointed to teamwork as the most important exercise of their effort. At the onset, they found themselves debating over “easier” versus “better” solutions. Along the way they’ve learned to arrive at an intelligent compromise.

Only a couple of Builderators knew and remember Mr. Corwin, with great affection. But even those who only heard of him are happy to celebrate his legacy. “I’m honored to participate in this event in memory of Mr. Corwin. Everyone says he was a great man, an all-around good guy,” said seventh grader Alina.

The Doctor Ninja Warriors team has also named its vessel: Aqua Arrow. This is everyone’s first time in cardboard regatta and winning isn’t at the top of their list. “The only thing I’m worried about is building a waterproof boat that can survive the race,” said eighth grader Josh.

—The third team is yet to name itself. They are more concerned with the laws of physic affecting  cardboard on water. An older group, in grades 8-12, they have tested the waters before, and count on the advice of two physics students on the team. Their boat design involves floatation devices that resemble cardboard bricks.

One of the shipmates, senior and Club President James Drake, was a student of Mr. Corwin and is highly motivated to participate in the regatta, one last time. “I’m excited to be a part of it, and happy that Mr. Corwin’s legacy is still going strong,” James said. “We’re better off for it.” 


The Third Annual Boat Regatta benefits The Chris Corwin Scholarship Fund. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation to the fund, please make checks payable to the High School Technology Club and address them to the club, Attn: Andy Mink. THANK YOU! We'll see you at the race!