Monday, May 17, 2010

IN THE NEWS: Scripps Ranch Takes 'Newcomer' Award in Boating Competition

Solar-powered boats built and raced by students from Scripps Ranch High School won newcomer division in the eighth annual Solar Cup competition sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and local water agencies. Read more from BusinessWire»

Students from San Diego High also participated in the competition. Solar Boat Christened by Assembly Member SaldañaSciTech students spent seven months designing and building a solar-powered boat that they entered in the Metropolitan Water District's Solar Cup competition.

The solar boat built by Sci-Tech High School students was christened by Assembly Member Lori Saldaña (D-San Diego) and School Board President Richard Barrera.

The Solar Cup, sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District is being billed as the largest solar boat competition in the nation, with more than 40 high school teams and 800 students competing.

The Sci-Tech High School team is led by Green Technology and Energy instructor Jon Karanopoulos. It is one of two first-time teams to participate in the 8th annual event at Lake Skinner in Temecula.

Each team had to construct a boat with a budget under $4,000. For information on the Solar Cup, visit the website; or contact Shawn Loescher, director of College, Career & Technical Education, at or (858) 503-1754.

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