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Off To the Races

Posted 10/25/2016 by Lucy Peterson

TJ's Interact Club races kayaks to compete for prizes and defeat other teams. photo by Danny Showers

DTC Rotary hosts their inaugural Water Toy Races at Chatfield Reservoir to raise money for the DTC Rotary Scholarship Fund.

On Saturday October 1st, students and community members gathered at Chatfield Reservoir to compete in the first annual Water Toy Race hosted by the Rotary Club of Denver Tech Center. Participants arrived in teams of four to be involved in activities such as sitting on top of kayaks, stand up paddleboarding, and obstacle courses. The participants were competing to raise money for the DTC Rotary Scholarship Fund, which aids college-bound students in affording the college of their choice. Each team was required to pay a registration fee of $200, which went towards the fund that has helped, and continues to help, students from TJ and other surrounding high schools attain scholarship money.

Among the many teams competing at the Water Toy Races, four teams comprised of Thomas Jefferson High School students joined to represent their school. The students and surrounding community members suited up in costumes of their choice to compete for the title of “Best Costume” and other prizes were awarded to groups who were the fastest and the most fun to watch complete the courses. TJ junior and participant Maggie Foos said, “My favorite part of the day was being able to be with my friends and go through the races and have some fun afterwards. It was a good atmosphere.” Foos became involved in the race through TJ’s Interact Club, which is sponsored by the Rotary Club. Interact Club was invited to put a team together and represent TJ at the races. A team comprised of seniors Colton Hook, Alex Kah, and Corbett and Alex Tate entered to represent the TJ football program, and two additional teams of four, seniors Jordan Prochnow, Natan Getschel, Kieran Cecil, and Trenton Palizzi, and Erik Stolz, Evan Wenger, Kendall Richter, and Oscar Nurmat arrived to represent the TJ robotics program.

While the students and other members of the community enjoyed their time dressing up, competing, and watching others compete as well, the event raised money that will ultimately go to students to aid them in their search for the perfect college.