SCSD Students Hit the Road in Annual Soap Box Derby

     Published on 6/18/15   Tagged under:    District News   

Students from Lincoln, Henninger, PSLA, Fowler and Salem Hyde took part in the annual Syracuse Soap Box Derby, a car race that teaches them team work, sportsmanship, problem-solving, patience, perseverance and physics!
Drivers modified cars the cars that were purchased by the SCSD Educational Foundation four years ago to change the paint scheme, inspect and lubricate parts and more. Then, they raced down Stolp Avenue!
Meachem Elementary Kelly Abt has been coordinating the SCSD derby cars for three years, and said that the competition element is usually overshadowed by the camaraderie among the racers.
“You see the participants greet those they haven't seen in a year's time as friends and team members,” she explained. “The participants are all friendly toward one another, cheer each other on and help one another with strategy, car parts, pushing, carrying, loading and unloading cars.  All those who play a role are volunteers and the participants learn that everyone must help to make it all happen.”
 Ms. Abt said the Soap Box Derby is truly a community event, noting that former drivers often return to help new drivers before they race. To kick off this year’s race, the Fowler/Public Service Leadership Academy Color Guard presented the colors, and Corcoran 9th grader Nicole Graine sung the National Anthem.
Lincoln Middle School student Wolfgang Abt won first place in this year’s race, with Henninger student Grace Eberst and Fowler student Naresh Sharma following in second and third. Grace Eberst also won the Sportsmanship Award.
Congratulations to all of our SCSD students who participated in this year’s Soap Box Derby!

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