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Topsail HS EV team wins 7th national title

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Topsail High School’s Electric Vehicle class traveled to Raleigh on May 14 and emerged victorious again. The team collected 11 trophies including first and third overall. This was the seventh year in a row that the EV Team won first overall in the SMARTT Challenge competition against high schools from as far away as Iowa and Miami.

The new Ford Ranger conversion took top honors. Topsail’s EV team finished the truck just two days before the competition and really felt this was our best effort to date. Since this was the fifth conversion, the team used knowledge from the past to help make the very best conversion within the team’s budget. The hard work paid off with a $1,000 check for first place!

The Toyota MR2 placed third and brought home first place in the Autocross competition, a feat not yet achieved. The team also earned $500 for third place

Overall trophies:
1st Overall (Ranger truck)
3rd Overall (MR2)
2nd School initiative
1st Website

Truck team:
1st Range (Josh Parmeley, Jeff Harris) 53 miles
3rd Troubleshooting
3rd Oral presentation (Aaron Hackett, Sean Bullock)
1st Vehicle Design
2nd Autocross (Ryan Stone, Josh Parmeley, Aaron Hackett)

MR2 team:
1st Range (Aaron Hackett, Marissa Ruehle) 32 miles, could have gone 50, but we had already won)
6th Troubleshooting (Ashley Counts, Dakota Adcock)
4th Oral presentation (Arik Jones, Adam Markley)
4th Vehicle Design
1st Autocross (Dakota Adcock)

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