PHS robotics duck race helps take team to Worlds

Posted 3/10/22

Powell High School’s robotics team dumped a box full of ducks into the Powell Aquatic Center’s lazy river on Thursday and proceeded to cheer as the ducks went round and round.

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PHS robotics duck race helps take team to Worlds

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Powell High School’s robotics team dumped a box full of ducks into the Powell Aquatic Center’s lazy river on Thursday and proceeded to cheer as the ducks went round and round.

The duck race is an annual fundraiser where the PHS robotics team sells ducks to people in the community. The owner of the winning duck wins a basket of donated prizes, which were worth a combined total of roughly $1,000. This year, the first place basket was worth $500, second place was $300 and the third was worth $200.

Dani Heny’s duck took first place, Tonya Bartholomew’s came in second and a duck belonging to Alyson Leighton took third place. 

This year’s duck race netted $2,700 for the Powell High School team.

PHS robotics has two main fundraisers: the duck race and the turkey trot. These fundraisers are essential to funding the robotics team, as students are required to pay for their competitions — which includes the hotel stay, meals and entry fee. PHS robotics received no funding from the school district this year.

“It costs between $4,000 to $6,000 per year to run the club. Without the fundraisers that cost would fall all on the students,” robotics coach Joel Hayano said. “We are very grateful for the community support; without it, we probably wouldn’t have a robotics club.”

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