Announcement from the Western Municipal Water District:
On May 19th & 20th, three of Western’s Solar Cup teams received accolades and awards for their participation in the Metropolitan Water District Solar Cup competition at Lake Skinner, near Temecula.
- Jurupa Valley High School placed first in the 200-Meter Sprint for the Inland Region Division.
- Elsinore High School received the Bart Bezyack Memorial Spirit of Solar Cup Trophy for sportsmanship.
- Centennial High School (pictured right) was awarded the Teamwork Award, after they assisted Elsinore overnight Saturday in fixing their boat.
“The competition is a remarkable weekend when months of learning and innovation come together,” said Western Board Member Brenda Dennstedt, who cheered on the District’s teams during the Sunday sprint races. “The students and teachers spend hours of their own time to build their boats, create technical reports and attend workshops; the event weekend is a testament to their months of hard work.”
As a sponsor of four Riverside County high schools – Centennial, Elsinore, Jurupa Valley and Riverside County – Western Municipal Water District has provided support to the teams throughout the seven-month process.
“Centennial displayed great teamwork by extending help to Elsinore, a competitor. That’s true team spirit!” said S.R. “Al” Lopez, who serves Western’s Corona area. Corona Department of Water & Power co-sponsored the team with Western. Lopez was also on-hand during Saturday’s endurance heats.
Elsinore High School, which was co-sponsored by Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, was presented with the Bart Bezyack Memorial Spirit of Solar Cup Trophy. The award is given each year to a team who shares uplifting and optimistic spirit. Facing several challenges on qualifying day, Elsinore students continued to work diligently to race the boat. After several attempts, they were unable to qualify for the endurance races on Saturday, but did qualify for the sprints on Sunday. The team remained positive and served as volunteers throughout the Saturday race day.
In addition to Elsinore, Centennial, and Jurupa Valley, the District’s Riverside County High School rookie team was in the mix of competition all weekend long. Jurupa Community Services District co-sponsored the Jurupa Valley squad, as well as the Riverside County team.
For more information on Solar Cup, as well as Western’s educational programs, click HERE or visit their website at www.wmwd.com.
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Sunday, June 3, 2012
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