Fort Plain Central School District News
Whatever floats your boat
FPHS students take first place in 25th Annual
The 25th Annual Recyclable Regatta for Canajoharie and Fort Plain
took place on June 8. The regatta is an activity for middle and high
school technology students, who design and build full size boats
that float on recyclable materials. The event takes place at the
Pangea Ponds on Mahr Road outside of Canajoharie.
Students used a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering
and math) concepts to engineer and design their boats to carry their
team safely during the half-mile regatta. Each boat typically uses
50 to 100 soda or plastic detergent bottles to support teams of 1-4
students. All boats are inspected by a judge before going into the
water. Judges score the boats on the use of recyclables,
craftsmanship, teamwork, appearance and speed.
This year Fort Plain brought four boats to the event, two more than
Congratulations to ninth graders Keith Burkhart and Cameron
Dillenbeck for coming in first place in the high school division and
first place overall. In addition, seniors Abby Plescia and Christian
Falzarine piloted a boat built by eighth-graders Ethan Gallt and
Bailey Battisti to come in second place. The pair also received the
“Best Teamwork” award.
Also participating were senior James May and junior Alex Snell,
whose boat picked up the “Best Appearance” award, as well as ninth
grader Taylor Cruger who paddled a boat built by freshman Nathan
Smith and sophomore Chris Stewart.