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David W. Ziskin

Superintendent of Schools

25 High Street

Fort Plain, NY 13339




Fort Plain Central School District News

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FPHS students take first place in 25th Annual Recyclable Regatta

The 25th Annual Recyclable Regatta for Canajoharie and Fort Plain took place on June 8. The regatta is an activity for middle and high school technology students, who design and build full size boats that float on recyclable materials. The event takes place at the Pangea Ponds on Mahr Road outside of Canajoharie.

Students used a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts to engineer and design their boats to carry their team safely during the half-mile regatta. Each boat typically uses 50 to 100 soda or plastic detergent bottles to support teams of 1-4 students. All boats are inspected by a judge before going into the water. Judges score the boats on the use of recyclables, craftsmanship, teamwork, appearance and speed.

This year Fort Plain brought four boats to the event, two more than last year.

Congratulations to ninth graders Keith Burkhart and Cameron Dillenbeck for coming in first place in the high school division and first place overall. In addition, seniors Abby Plescia and Christian Falzarine piloted a boat built by eighth-graders Ethan Gallt and Bailey Battisti to come in second place. The pair also received the “Best Teamwork” award.

Also participating were senior James May and junior Alex Snell, whose boat picked up the “Best Appearance” award, as well as ninth grader Taylor Cruger who paddled a boat built by freshman Nathan Smith and sophomore Chris Stewart.