Northview High School students Dalton Aker, Tyler Miller, Dustin Stevenson, Zeph Smith, Cam Burdette, Dakota Stevenson, John Latta, Brayden Keiser and Kelsey Reid teamed up to compete amongst approximately 20 teams from around the State of Indiana in the 17th annual Indiana Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Alliance Super Mileage Challenge, Monday, April 30.
The NHS group arrived in Indianapolis Sunday, to complete their technical inspection.
"After we passed the inspection, we decided to make a couple of practice runs in the parking lot," Technology teacher Jonathon Schlak said. "Our car hit a pothole in the parking lot, and the Plexiglas body exploded into pieces."
He added, although the situation seemed bleak, their team chose to keep fighting the odds.
"We went to Lowe's and bought some more materials and set up camp in the hotel parking lot and finished the car around midnight," Schlak explained. "The students displayed some excellent teamwork and problem solving skills."
On Monday, with two new drivers who'd only practiced a couple times, the team placed fourth, with an average of 438 miles per gallon.
"Our super mileage team has put in countless hours writing up a 27-page proposal, completing (Computer Aided Drafting) drawings of the car, researching and fabricating the car," Schlak said.
Clay Community School Superintendent Kimberly Tucker congratulated the students on their achievement.
"What an amazing story tied to an impressive finish," Tucker said. "(The) students have represented the school and community very well."