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Inspiration Nation Sails Again

The team of Inspiration Nation reunites for the 9th Annual Charlotte Dragon Boat Race.

The Union County Public School’s “Inspiration Nation” Dragon Boat team came together for the second year in a row to compete in the 9th Annual Dragon Boat Race held at Ramsey Creek Park in Lake Norman. The event was held Saturday, May 17, 2014. The team of 21 consisted of students from Marvin Ridge, Cuthbertson, and Weddington High Schools. Returning as bronze medalist champions in Division C with a time of 1:04.91 last year, the team hoped to both improve their speed and promote Asian cultural awareness through their participation in this year’s race.

From the moment they got together to the end of the race (6am to 5pm), the team worked diligently to improve on their synchronization and teamwork in an effort to row as one body, the most effective way to increase speed. After three intense heats - two qualifying and one championship heat, Inspiration Nation was able to place second in Division D with a time of 1:03.81! Despite the fact that Inspiration Nation was the youngest team to compete among other corporate, college, and cultural association teams, it is evident that age was not a factor in their remarkable achievement! Way to go, Inspiration Nation (or Mavs, Cavs, and Warriors!)

The team would like to thank Ms. Podgorny (UCPS World Languages Curriculum Coordinator), Ms. Justice (MRHS Assistant Principal), Ms. Hu-Mueller (MRHS Chinese Instructor), Ms. Stott (CHS Assistant Principal), Ms. Dunlap (WHS Assistant Principal), Ms. Zhou (CHS/WHS Chinese Instructor), and the team’s amazing parents for all of their support and encouragement!

Inspiration Nation Team Members:

Cuthbertson: Kieran Hickey and Paige Koning (Cuthbertson Team Recruiter).

Marvin Ridge: Cara Edwards (Team Drummer), Carson Bryant, Courtney Paulus, Dana King (Founding Team Captain), Eric Li, Jin Fang, Leila Terzic, Mackenzie Frackleton, Matthew Patetta, Meredith Emery, Michael Wang, Morgan Vickers, Rebecca McRee (Team Co-Captain), Sydney Mitchell, Danielle David (MRHS Alum), Lauren King (MRHS Alum), Ree Ree Li (MRHS Alum).

Weddington: Dana Donelson, Jake Kowalo, and Patrick Reardon.

To learn more about the Charlotte Dragon Boat Race, visit http://www.charlottedragonboat.com/

Written by: Marvin Ridge High School senior Dana King
Posted: May 20, 2014 by Paula White

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