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    Sunday, October 02, 2022

    Cardboard boat races

    Hannah Andrewjczyk and Kaelyn Horn of Shelton High School celebrate as they cross the finish line for second place in their heat of the UConn Early College Experience cardboard boat races Friday, September 23, 2022 at Eastern Point Beach in Groton. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Competitors in the UConn Early College Experience cardboard boat races charge into the water Friday, September 23, 2022 at Eastern Point Beach in Groton. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    UConn Early College Experience students cheer on their team at the annual cardboard boat races Friday, September 23, 2022 at Eastern Point Beach in Groton. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Jeff Winston, with the UConn Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) paddles to a win in the instructor and staff heat of the UConn Early College Experience cardboard boat races Friday, September 23, 2022 at Eastern Point Beach in Groton. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Members of the Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Science & Technology Education Center (BRASTEC) team, from left, Keller Hall, Sam Griffin, Cassidy Linley, Liam Rooney, and Will Barick add layers of duct tape to their entry, Sturgeon, in the UConn Early College Experience cardboard boat races Friday, September 23, 2022 at Eastern Point Beach in Groton. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Victoria Sturm celebrates as she paddles the Waterford High School entry Average Joe across the finish line to win the second heat of the UConn Early College Experience cardboard boat races Friday, September 23, 2022 at Eastern Point Beach in Groton. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    The team from the Morgan School of Clinton gathers around the championship trophy at the UConn Early College Experience cardboard boat race Friday, September 23, 2022 at Eastern Point Beach in Groton. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Delaney Vaudrey of Ledyard High School paddles Ugly Ductling off the beach in the championship heat of the UConn Early College Experience cardboard boat races Friday, September 23, 2022 at Eastern Point Beach in Groton. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Morgan School of Clinton students cheer on their entry USS Independence in the third heat of the UConn Early College Experience cardboard boat races Friday, September 23, 2022 at Eastern Point Beach in Groton. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    The Waterford High School team gathers around Average Joe for a photo following the UConn Early College Experience cardboard boat races Friday, September 23, 2022 at Eastern Point Beach in Groton. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Members of the Ellington High School team gather around their two entries for a cheer before the UConn Early College Experience cardboard boat races Friday, September 23, 2022 at Eastern Point Beach in Groton. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Ledyard students cheer on their entry, Ugly Ductling, in the UConn Early College Experience cardboard boat races Friday, September 23, 2022 at Eastern Point Beach in Groton. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Davis Walker of the Morgan School celebrates as he paddles USS Independence across the finish line to win the third heat of the UConn Early College Experience cardboard boat races Friday, September 23, 2022 at Eastern Point Beach in Groton. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    The Morgan School of Clinton team gather for a photo with the championship trophy after its entry, USS Independence, won the UConn Early College Experience cardboard boat races Friday, September 23, 2022 at Eastern Point Beach in Groton. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Members of the Waterford High School team pitch Average Joe, one of their two entries in the UConn Early College Experience cardboard boat races, into the Dumpster Friday, September 23, 2022 at Eastern Point Beach in Groton. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Students from seven high schools wait in line for a treat from the UConn Dairy Bar food truck as they wait for the start of the UConn Early College Experience cardboard boat races Friday, September 23, 2022 at Eastern Point Beach in Groton. Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Groton―Paddling against the inevitability of the soggy collapse of their creations, students enrolled in Early College Experience courses through the University of Connecticut took to the waters of Eastern Point Beach for cardboard boat races Friday.

    A dozen boats from seven high schools converged on the beach following a morning of workshops hosted by UConn Avery Point. Teams competed in three heats with the winners and the next two fastest finishers entering the water for a championship round.

    The Morgan School of Clinton with its Revolutionary War-themed entry USS Independence won its heat, and the overall title, bringing home the championship trophy. The Morgan School’s second boat, Miracle on Water, won the People’s Choice award, voted on by the participants.

    The races returned this year after a two-year hiatus. UConn Avery Point students held their own races on Thursday.

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