BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Staff Writer
It didn’t matter if their cardboard and duct tape boats tipped over, sunk or crossed the finish line – Clarkston High School students had smiles during the 14th Annual RUSH Regatta on Saturday.
“It was a wonderful day,” said Kyle Hughes, Team RUSH 27 Robotics Director. “During the day, I totally forgot about COVID because it felt so normal. The students did an amazing job building these boats and learning about the entire process. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Team 2 finished the day as RUSH Regatta Cup Champions.
Award for Enterprising and Seaworthy Sailors went to Team 1; Cash Crusaders went to Team 4; and Wicked Fast Watercraft went to Team 5.
The team raised over $30,000 for the upcoming robotics season. Over $700 was raised for the John Lafata Heart Scholarship, named in honor of Lafata who was a junior on the team when he passed away.
“We want people to remember him and his passion and wonderful heart for our team,” Hughes said.