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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Float or sink?

July 17, 2013 - As you get older, or maybe it's just me, time seems to fly by. The days and months go too quickly.

It seems it was only a few weeks ago school just let out for summer vacation and students from Clarkston High School's Team RUSH were separated into eight teams and began pondering designs for the annual Rush Regatta.

If you have never experienced the regatta, the teams design and build a boat made out of cardboard and duct tape. If you have never seen it, head to Deer Lake Beach at noon on July 27. It is amazing to watch.

The students also work together to receive sponsorships from local businesses. The sponsorships help financially support them during their robotics season.

Now back to the race. As you can imagine when cardboard gets wet it comes apart. It isn't as strong as it was before. Now put it in a lake, add some weight and add some speed to it. What will happen?

Well, I have been to enough Rush Regattas to witness some boats staying afloat for not just one round of races but two rounds. Some haven't been so lucky and the students in the team walked back to the shore with pieces of their boat in their hands.

No matter what the outcome they have fun. They learn a few things along the way. Maybe it was how to make it better the next year, use more cardboard or not to put sealant on the boat the night before the race.

The themes are fun to see as well. Who could forget the tropical themes or mighty Vikings from last year?

This year looks like there is another mix of ideas for themes. A few of the teams discuss them on page 11.

You can join the fun by making a cardboard boat for Typhoon Division and put your engineering skills to the test.

While talking about awesome things students are up to while taking their vacations I can't forget about August.

Football for a Cure is quickly coming up as well on August 17. Buy your T-shirts now and put on your calendar to be at the high school at 7 p.m. for the gridiron heroes' intrasquad scrimmage.

Watch some football and help them as they help raise money for McLaren Breast Center and McLaren Cancer Institute. Fun weeks are coming up. Keep us updated on your summer as well.

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