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Inspiration Nation 'Rows' Again in 2nd Dragon Boat Race

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, 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 team of 21 consisted of students from Marvin Ridge, Cuthbertson, and Weddington High School. 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!

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

Inspiration Nation Team Members:

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)

Kieran Hickey, Paige Koning (Cuthbertson Team Recruiter)

Dana Donelson, Jake Kowalo, Patrick Reardon

Written by: Lisa Justice
Posted: May 26, 2014 by Lisa Justice

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