Priory Students Take 3rd in Missouri SuperMileage Challenge
Since June, Priory senior Parker Dow and junior Winston Senor have been working with Ranken Technical College's High School Coalition Team to develop a high-mileage, student-driven vehicle. The team partnered with Electrical Systems Design Instructor Gary Candrl and bioMerieux Engineer Bill Salzman to create an aerodynamically designed racing vehicle. On April 14, seven students competed in their first attempt at the Missouri SuperMileage Challenge in Warrensburg, Mo. This is not a speed race, but a race to use ingenuity and technology to achieve the highest gas mileage using a student-driven vehicle. The team took third place overall in the stock gasoline division with an average of 148 mpg. The students also greeted other teams in the morning and helped them move their cars back on the track when they sped off. Due to this gracious and helpful behavior, Ranken's team also received the award for Sportsmanship. This was the inaugural team for Ranken, which was composed of seven students from St. Louis-area high schools. Prior to the competition, the team was warned that most first-year teams don’t even make qualifications, which require four heats of five miles, each without breakdowns.
In order to commemorate this fantastic achievement, students from the team and their parents were invited to attend the first ever Ranken Awards Banquet Ceremony for Missouri SuperMileage Challenge on May 2. During the banquet, the team replayed video highlights from the event and members of the team received their third place and Sportsmanship Award plaques.
Congratulations to Parker and Winston!