Syracuse City School District students didn’t let the wet weather dampen their excitement for the 2013 Syracuse Soap Box Derby. Children ages 7 to 17 competed for the chance to represent Syracuse at the International Soap Box Derby World Championships, which will be July 27 in Akron, Ohio. Carrier Corporation, this year’s title sponsor, helped bring the event to students in the district.

Bre Sion Hemphill from Lemoyne Elementary School, won first place in the stock division and will head to Akron in July. Bre’s sponsor was the Syracuse City School District Educational Foundation. In March, the foundation honored the Syracuse Soap Box Derby for its work with the school district.

Ngor Nyang, a student at Lincoln Middle School, will join Bre in Akron. Ngor, who was also sponsored by the SCSD Educational Foundation, won first place in the Super Stock Division of the derby.

Both students were entered as part of the school district’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program.

Kabrey Bonferraro from Salem Hyde, also sponsored by the SCSD Educational Foundation won second place in the stock division and Dominic  Bagozzi, who was self-sponsored took third place.

Gabby Bordonaro from CBA won second place in the Super Stock Division. She was sponsored by Nick Orso’s Body Shop and MPL Inc. Valerie Mattice, a Westhill student, took third place. Her sponsor was Carrier Corporation.

The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program, which has run nationally since 1934. World Championship finals are held each July at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.

According to the group’s web site, “the idea of the Soap Box Derby grew out of a photographic assignment of Dayton, Ohio, newsman Myron Scott . He covered a race of boy-built cars in his home community and was so impressed with this event that he acquired a copyright for the idea and began development of a similar program on a national scale.

“The first All-American race was held in Dayton in 1934. The following year, the race was moved to Akron because of its central location and hilly terrain.

“The Stock division is designed to give the first-time builder a learning experience. Boys and girls, 7 through 13 compete in simplified cars built from kits purchased from the All-American.

The Super Stock Car division, ages 9 through 17, gives the competitor an opportunity to expand their knowledge and build a more advanced model. Both of these beginner levels make use of kits and shells available from the All-American. ‘’

To sponsor a champion’s trip to Akron in July contact Dave Bordonaro at 315-877-8404 or by e-mail at or David Butchko at 315-382-7629 or e-mail

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