High-schoolers do well in Solar Cup competition

Three local high schools earned honors at the annual Solar CupTM competition held near Temecula at Lake Skinner from May 16 through 19.

Forty schools competed in the nation’s largest solar boat competition, sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Calabasas High School and Camp David Gonzales were sponsored by Las Virgenes Municipal Water District. Calleguas Water District and Triunfo Sanitation District sponsored Oak Park High School.

In the overall scoring, Camp David Gonzales finished sixth and Oak Park came in 10th place.

Calabasas High School, a first-year team, finished 25th overall but took third-place honors among teams in the rookie division.

The Solar Cup program runs from fall through May. Students build and race a 16-foot single-seat canoe powered by the sun. They apply science and technical skills as well as develop a message reflecting their values in resource conservation.

During the culminating weekend, the students compete in endurance runs and timed sprint events.

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