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A tribute to math, physics and duct tape

Jamaica HS launches eighth annual Cardboard Boat Races

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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:51 am, Thu May 2, 2013.

All it took was a fearless crew, a curved, slightly raised prow and 15 rolls of duct tape, and students from Humanities and the Arts High School in Cambria Heights sailed off Friday with first place in the eighth annual Cardboard Boat Races at Jamaica High School.

Hosted by the school’s science club and run by teacher Scott Pecorino, about 30 teams braved the school’s 75-foot pool in boats in as many themes as there are colors of duct tape.

Each boat must carry two students, at least one of whom is a femalel, and make it through qualifying heats without sinking, swamping or capsizing.

Sailors Terriell Glenn and Harry Silva outlasted all comers to edge an entry from Jamaica High School by a half-a-boat length. Teacher Adam Abrego said the winning craft will go on display at the school — after it has had a few days to dry out.

— Michael Gannon

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