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C-NS Performance Engineering Team prepares for Shell Eco-Marathon in Texas

Cicero-North Syracuse High School senior, Jake Finsel, member of the school’s Performance Engineering Team prepares to take the group’s newest hydrogen fuel cell vehicle out for its maiden trip this past week.

Cicero-North Syracuse High School senior, Jake Finsel, member of the school’s Performance Engineering Team prepares to take the group’s newest hydrogen fuel cell vehicle out for its maiden trip this past week. Laurie Cook

— Members of the Cicero-North Syracuse High School Performance Engineering Team are preparing for their upcoming trip to the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas, which is being held from April 5 to 7 in Houston. For the past four years, teams from C-NS have built vehicles for the Eco-Marathon and competed alongside with colleges, universities and high schools from around the world. The competitions have resulted in three first place wins for C-NS, with the top car averaging approximately 1,437 miles per gallon equivalent.

2012-2013 C-NS Performing Engineering Club Team

Seniors: Vinny Brigandi, Nicholas Cifaratta, Jake Finsel, Corey Nadeau, Tyler Stebbins, Joe Stokes and Nick Yanchisin

Junior: Luke Cavallo

Sophomore: Nate Sanders

As they did last year, C-NS is planning to bring two vehicles to the Eco-Marathon: their prototype hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and a new urban concept vehicle powered by the same hydrogen fuel cell as the prototype vehicle. Students involved with the C-NS Performance Engineering Team typically work on the vehicles daily in their PLTW Engineering Design and Development class and after school from 2 until 4:30 or 5 p.m.

“The students are so dedicated to this project and are excited about making the trip to Houston to compete with students from around the world,” said Martin Miner, the group’s advisor. “The physical work that they are putting into this project is incredible… but the concepts that they have learned and are applying to their physical work, goes beyond that. They are truly bringing learning to life.”

The funding for construction of the vehicle and the trip to Houston were made possible by local businesses like Carrier Corporation, Drivers Village, SRC Inc., Parratt-Wolff Inc. and A&P Auto Parts making donation and several fund raising events conducted by the students.

For more information on the competition, visit shell.com/global/environment-society/ecomarathon/events/americas.html.

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