Long Beach Polytechnic Wins Second Place Overall, Sportsmanship Award, In Solar Boat Competition

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Lake Skinner, CA - Long Beach Water Department-sponsored Polytechnic High School placed second overall in the first-ever Southern California solar boat competition, sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California. The team from Long Beach Poly also received the event's Sportsmanship Award, by far the most important award presented at the event. The event, to promote stewardship of resources and alternative technology, was won by Canyon High School of Anaheim.

Teams of science students from eight Southern California high schools competed against one another in both endurance and sprint competitions in a three-day event held at Lake Skinner, an MWD reservoir located near Temecula, California. Each team constructed a sixteen-foot solar boat over a three-month period, leading up to the competition. Each team of science students was sponsored by a MWD member water agency. The Long Beach Water Department is one of MWD's original member water agencies.

"We would like to thank the students and teachers at Long Beach Poly for taking the time to represent the Water Department and the City of Long Beach in this competition," stated Water Department spokesman, Ryan Alsop. "We look forward to next year's event, and to more representation from other Long Beach area high schools."

The Long Beach Water Department is an urban Southern California, municipal water supply agency.