The 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.
Brandon Jean Pierre, left, Terriell Glenn, Anderley Fequiere, Harry Silva, teacher Adam Abrego and, front, Jahir Lawful of Humanities and the Arts High School in Cambria Heights show off their first-place trophies for building the fastest cardboard boat in all of Queens.
The FDNY Boat entered by students from Queens Community House took the top prize for best-themed boat.
JHS teacher Scott Pecorino, left, headed up the competition that welcomed 30 boats to the competition.
Sailors from Hillside Arts and Letters Academy coast to victory in their opening heat.
Some zombies are all smiles even as the pool at Jamaica High School claims their craft.
High school students from Queens make a splash in a qualifying heat of Jamaica High School’s eighth annual Cardboard Boat Races.
Making it to the finish line is all that counts.
Photo finish — The “Bulldog” craft from Humanities and the Arts HIgh School edges out the “Black Widow” entry from Jamaica High School in the finals.
The DMH Program’s participants and organizers are bookended by former mental health counselor Kye Weaver, left, and current counselor Mahendra Singh, with past and present participants such as Dion Ward, Christine Mathieu and Karim Ahmed in the center.