Brant students finish 1st, 2nd, 4th in Calgary boat races

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Brant Christian School students proved to be excellent boat builders.

Three teams travelled to SAIT for the Skills Alberta Cardboard Boat Races in Calgary Nov. 3, with the two junior teams sweeping first and second place and the senior team floating to fourth spot.

Competition was steep with nearly 50 teams competing.

Brant Christian School science teacher Ken Kroeker, who travelled with the teams said the event is a great opportunity “to practice teamwork and have a blast.”

Students are given just 90 minutes to design and construct a boat out of nothing more than cardboard, duct tape, a few other basic materials. The end result not only has to float but it has to be capable of carrying passengers.

The fun event involves design, research, presentation, and understanding of principles of structure, strength, propulsion, buoyancy and more.

Congratulations to the Brant Christian students: Kirsten Gordon, Katlyn Goertzen, Melissa Hilgen and Emily Hagens, who finished first in the junior high competition; Evan Nauta, Ryley Humfrey, Abigail Emsheimer, and Grace Meyer, who finished second out of 38 junior high teams; and Bethany Greidanus, Faith Woodley, Morgan Macdonald-Robart, and Breanna Gavan, who finished fourth in the senior high competition.

Picture Butte High and County Central High participated in the Lethbridge Cardboard Boat Races, which are held at the University of Lethbridge.

For more photos from Brant’s big day, please visit Brant Christian School’s website here or visit for full results and more information about the event.