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The Physics Club launched pumpkins on Trebuchet Day

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Senior Callum Heavens helps a group of middle school boys build their pumpkin  car for the pumpkin races that would follow that day.

Senior Callum Heavens helps a group of middle school boys build their pumpkin car for the pumpkin races that would follow that day.

Senior Callum Heavens helps a group of middle school boys build their pumpkin car for the pumpkin races that would follow that day.

Brandon Majors, Staff Writer

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The student-run organized group known as Physics Club took it upon themselves to make two “fun days” for the six grade students on Oct. 26 and 27. These days were for both the Physics Club members and the middle schoolers to learn how to graph their data. For the newer members of the Physics Club, they learned about the trebuchets to then show the middle school students.

“My favorite part out of both days had to be when I saw the kids in my group having so much fun while we were doing school work. I never knew you could make school into something so special for someone. My group was pretty cool, too, because they laughed at all of my jokes. Definitely a day I will remember,” Senior Christopher Bohach said.

First, the day consisted of the club going down to the Middle School and setting up mini trebuchets so they could teach the kids how to record the data while having fun launching stoppers, which are little rubber caps. This all took place in the gym along with sixth grade science and math teacher Ms. Lisa Ging’s room. Here, they prepared for the pumpkin races that would take place the next day. The sixth grade was split into two groups; while one group was in the gym, the other would go to Ging’s room.

The smell of pumpkins filled the hallway due to junior Nicholas DiNardo drilling the axle holes in the pumpkins for the students to make their very own mini pumpkin cars that would be raced down a big ramp on Oct. 27, the second day of Trebuchet Day. After getting the pumpkins drilled, the kids got a chance to decorate their group’s pumpkin however they chose. Ging and other sixth grade teacher Lisa Moore pointed out one of their favorite pumpkin designs that they saw out of the groups. It was a pumpkin wrapped in a balloon and was made out to be a pineapple.

On Oct. 27, it was a big day for the club because they had to do their work and show off for the middle school students. It took some hard work and concentration at a very early time in the morning to start setting up. As everyone grabbed a piece of the trebuchet and waited to have their piece number called, it took everyone’s good listening and teamwork skills to make sure it was built correctly so it would work without any malfunctions. When it was all done, the sixth graders started their long journey up the cold hill. All bundled up in jackets, the members of the Physics Club started their launches and it was a success. Water bottles, pumpkins and cheers filled the cold air.

“It was a day to remember and one of the best days out of my high school career,” said senior Callum Heavens. Not only did the younger students have a fun time, they also learned a lot of valuable lessons that will stick with them for the rest of their high school careers.

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