Drag racing season speeds to a close for Arundel High students

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January 24, 1995|By VICKI WELLFORD

The checkered flag has been waved, marking the end of the first drag racing season at Arundel High School.

Students established several marks this semester in the Metric 500 Dragster Competition, a part of the new Introduction to Technology class.

These potential engineers and technicians were challenged to design and build the fastest dragster while adhering to a set of engineering specifications.

Students used computers to design and test their vehicles for efficiency and speed, and several designs reached well over 180 mph.

The budding racers modified their dragsters to achieve the lowest possible drag coefficient after testing them in a wind tunnel.

Some completed their assignment by painting their racing machines, achieving a finish of near automotive quality.

The highlight of the challenge came when students raced their carbon dioxide-powered dragsters down a 65-foot drag strip, with some reaching speeds of nearly 40 mph. Excitement mounted as heat after heat was run to determine the winner.

Winners of the 1994-1995 Metric 500 were:

* Period three, Michael Cook, with a time of 1:34 seconds.

* Period six, William Carrow, with a time of 1:28 seconds.

* Period seven, Scott Rollison, with a time of 1:51 seconds.

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The congregation of Nichols Bethel United Methodist Church is sponsoring a fund-raising supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in the church hall.

The menu will be all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 6 to 12. Youngsters under 6 eat for free. Tickets will not be sold at the door or after Feb. 19.

All proceeds will go toward renovations in the social hall and kitchen.

The church is off Route 175 in Odenton. For tickets, call the church office at 674-2272.

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The county Department of Recreation and Parks is sponsoring the eight-week "Kids Fun Fit Active Games" program at Four Seasons and Crofton Woods Elementary schools.

The program, for children ages 5 and up, will engage participants in games such as Bump, Prisoner Dodge and Parachute that will get them up and moving after school.

The sessions at Four Seasons will be offered every Thursday from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., starting Feb. 9 and at the same time every Monday starting Feb. 6 at Crofton Woods.

* A Family Fun Fit Program is being offered from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Friday for eight weeks, starting Feb. 3 at Odenton Elementary School.

Families will play noncompetitive and cooperative sports and games. Children must be at least 5 years old and accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call 222-7313.

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