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8th Annual Milk Carton Regatta

Student teams hit the beach for the 8th Annual Meadow Gold Milk Carton Regatta.

Mililani Middle School captured top prizes at the 8th Annual Meadow Gold Milk Carton Regatta in April, winning first and second place, as well as the Most School Spirit award in the middle school division. The achievement makes Mililani Middle School the first school in the history of the program to win three awards in one event.

Thirty-two middle and high school teams from around O'ahu participated in the event at Magic Island, racing boats they designed, constructed and tested as part of their classroom curriculum. Perfect conditions helped teams clock fast times in the high school division. Hundreds of students, educators and supporters turned out to cheer on their teams as they raced their two-person boats built with Meadow Gold and Viva brand half-gallon milk cartons.

Mililani Middle School's Team 1 led the middle school division by capturing first place with a time of 1:26:50, securing the top trophy and a $1,000 CompUSA merchandise certificate for the school. Mililani's Team 2 garnered second place, and Kapolei Middle School Team 2 came in third.

The combined Mililani Middle School teams also took home the inaugural middle school division's Most School Spirit award for their inspired cheer and dance performance. Waipahu Intermediate School was awarded the division's Most Creative Boat trophy, and both school teams received certificates donated by Zippy's Restaurants and Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park.

The highly-charged high school division saw first-time participant Campbell High School win first place with a time of 1:14:09. They were awarded the top trophy and a $1,000 CompUSA merchandise certificate. Kaiser High School, another first-time participant, took second place, followed by Sacred Hearts Academy Team 1 in third place.

The young women of Sacred Hearts Academy Team 2 garnered the Most Creative Boat trophy, and the young men of St. Louis School captured the Most School Spirit Award. The teams took home trophies and gift certificates donated by Zippy's Restaurants and Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park.

In addition to the newly added Most School Spirit award competition, the Display Presentation competition also added a new twist to the program. Each team could create a Display Presentation, modeled after the Hawai'i State Science and Engineering Fair's contest, in which they depicted and explained their process of designing, testing, and building their milk carton boat using scientific principles. The points awarded for each team's display presentation were deducted from their overall race time.

The Display Presentation competition was created to incorporate further educational and classroom learning fundamentals into the regatta program based upon teacher recommendations.

Click here to see the Final Standings Chart of the 8th Annual Meadow Gold Milk Carton Regatta.

Click here to view video of the 8th Annual Meadow Gold Milk Carton Regatta.