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High schools compete in Solar Cup

Over the last seven months, students and teachers toiled to complete their entries. The students built and wired up the small boats, which are powered by solar panels and solar energy stored in batteries.

During the Solar Cup, the teams raced the boats in a series of heats.

This year, 40 teams from across Southern California took part in the competition, including from Southwest County campuses such as Murrieta Mesa, Elsinore, Chaparral and Great Oak high schools.

Great Oak and Chaparral high schools are cross-town rivals, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the one boat the two schools entered this year as a joint project between the two campuses.

Dubbed "PumaPack," the boat was silver and included a puma and two wolves painted along its side, representing the two schools' mascots.

Students said the collaboration worked out great.

"We could pull together our resources," Chaparral High School senior Torin Herndon said.

Kathy Budd was among several proud parents who attended the event Sunday to watch the races.

She said her son, Johnathan, a 17-year-old senior at Chaparral High, is headed to Harvard University this fall to study mechanical engineering, and the Solar Cup was a great way to round out his high school education.

"This gives him an opportunity to use what he has learned in classrooms and books," she said, but added he always has been a hands-on sort of kid.

Author: Haining SunSurf New Energy Technology Co., Ltd
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