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Whatever floats your BOAT!

Students from the grade 10 and 11 welding program at PHS raced the vessels that they designed and fabricated themselves, with varying results. Pictured, students and staff show off their boats at the start of the race day.

It took a team effort to unload the boats and get them in the water at Norway Bay beach.

Sometimes the captain doesn’t go down with the ship.

The mammoth pontoon barge Gimp’s Rocket (left) proved to be the most seaworthy, winning the race handily.

PHS Principal Debra Stephens rolled the dice and hopped aboard one of the students’ vessels at the Norway Bay beach. She said that this project is a great way for the grade 10 and 11 welding students to get some hands-on experience designing, fabricating and testing their work.

The crew of Gimp’s Rocket were the clear winners at Pontiac High School’s boat race on Friday afternoon in Norway Bay. From left: Caleb Caldwell, Nathan Ladouceur, William Lepack, Ryan Robillard, James Rean and Mackenzie Moorhead.

CALEB NICKERSON
NORWAY BAY May 11, 2018
On Friday afternoon, students and staff from Pontiac High School (PHS) made their way down to the Norway Bay beach to put their hard work in the classroom to the test.
The students from the grade 10 and 11 welding program had designed and built a variety of pontoon boats, and the final test would be more practical than most classrooms.
“That’s the big question, do they float?” said PHS Principal Debra Stephens, as she oversaw the unloading of the vessels.
The boat designs and materials varied considerably, with some featuring bicycles for paddle wheels, swanky paint jobs or fancy perks like seats.
Staff from Magnalum Inc. in Shawville were on-hand to assist and two representatives from the Western Quebec School Board, Director General Mike Dubeau and Secretary General Terry Kharyati were also present to observe the spectacle.

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