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North High comes in first in Moraine Park Endurance Challenge 2009
They may not be part of corporate or university think tanks, but small groups of area high school students were no less creative in putting their heads together to tackle the fuel-efficiency puzzle at the fifth annual Endurance Challenge this month. The event is sponsored by Moraine Park Technical College's Engine Research and Development Technician program at the Fond du Lac campus.

The Sheboygan North High School team came in first with a running time of one hour, 58 minutes and seven seconds. The engine was modified by students Jeffrey Boldt, Jim Cila, Zack Graves, Matthew Mohr, Matt Rommel and Sou Yang. Their instructor, Alan Rekowski, said the Endurance Challenge teaches his students about fuel efficiency, physics, creative thinking, problem solving and teamwork. "It brings in other aspects they might not typically get with the standard automotive service training."

Sheboygan North senior Jim Cila, who was accepted at MSOE, said the team did a lot of research and made several modifications. "Low RPMs and a big flywheel contributed primarily to the engine efficiency," he said. "We learned to cooperate and work with each other � and if you do make a mistake, to let your team members know."

The teams modified engines donated by Briggs & Stratton in the quest to get the best fuel efficiency and run the longest. The modified engines were brought to Moraine Park and given the same amount of gas, then timed. They were assisted by Moraine Park faculty, staff and students as well as employees of Briggs & Stratton and Kohler Co.

Sheboygan South High School's engine ran for 38 minutes and 27 seconds, thanks to the team effort of William Allison, Cameron Donath, Anthony Grabner, Devin Hoffman and Erika Ziegler, along with instructor Joe Hietpas. "We did better this year," said Hoffman, a junior. The school was in its second year of competing at the challenge.

Each member of the winning team will receive a $250 Moraine Park scholarship if they enroll at the college. Other prizes were donated by Kohler, Briggs & Stratton, John Deere, Snap-on Tools and Moraine Park.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
June 27, 2009