Waialua Comes Out On Top At Electrathon Grand Prix

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - July 02, 2008
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Waialua High and Intermediate School brought home first-place honors - with just one lap separating it from the second-place team - from the Electrathon Grand Prix held May 24-25 at Portland International Raceway Park.

Even though the rain made it a bit more challenging, teacher Timothy Pregana’s students took first overall in the student class as their vehicle went the farthest distance, 41 laps, during a one-hour time frame on a 1.95-mile track. There were 20 electric vehicles from other high schools in the race.

“It tests the student’s knowledge and ability to drive in a different environment,“explained Pregana, who’s been teaching at Waialua for 14 years.All the parts that the team wanted to use to enhance the car were shipped to the mainland for assembly, saving them the cost of shipping the car back and forth.

Teacher Glenn Lee accompanied Pregana and the five crew members. The driver, Michael Montgomery, sped to the finish with the support of the pit crew of Lokahi Herrod, Linda Lovan, Malia Maluyo and Lindsay Montgomery. Completing his senior year on a high note, Montgomery plans to study fire science at Honolulu Community College. Herrod wants to be a diesel mechanic after training at HCC. Lovan, Maluyo, and Lindsay Montgomery return to school in the fall.

“It’s good for the students because they have to navigate turning and passing and planning strategically how they are going to go around the track,“said Pregana. “It’s not like a video game. It teaches them, that with success comes hard work; do your best.”

This is the fourth time in the past six years that Bulldogs captured first place in the student-class competition.

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