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New All-Girls Team Out to Make Its Mark in Houston
The ShopGirls of Granite Falls High School and Doves Under the Hood of St. Scholastica Academy met the day before the competition, determined to prove the girls can beat the boys.
Students from Granite Falls High School & St. Scholastica Academy prepare their car for the race at Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2013 on Thursday, April 4, 2013 in downtown Houston.
The ShopGirls team of Granite Falls High School in Washington state is used to being the center of attention at Shell Eco-marathon Americas. Since 2010, they’ve been the only all-girls team at the event. This year they finally got some company. The Doves Under the Hood, from St. Scholastica Academy in Louisiana, are the new girls in town, and hope to do well, even though it’s their first year of competition.
The veterans welcomed the newcomers. When ShopGirls learned of a new all-girl team, they showed the kind of collaborative spirit seen time and again at Shell Eco-marathon events around the world and reached out with greetings and gifts before the event.
“We were excited to learn about the other all-girls team,” said Dansil Green, team manager and driver for the ShopGirls. “We wanted to be sure they knew there was another group they could talk to and learn from. We couldn’t wait to meet them.”
The ShopGirls students and team supervisor Michael Wernerare ready to compete in Shell Eco-marathon 2013.
The two teams may come from different locales with different backgrounds, but they share a common goal: to show that an all-girls team can be serious competitors in a technology driven event largely dominated by males. The road to Houston is never easy and they’ve encountered similar challenges, including passing the rigorous event technical inspection. They worked together, testing and tuning their vehicles until late Friday night, and say they are ready to roll.
“We might have learned a lot from the boys’ teams, but we’ve shown that an all-girls team has just as much chance of winning too,” Dansil said. The ShopGirls have won the Prototype Diesel category in previous years. Their goal this year is to reach at least 789 miles per gallon.
As for St. Scholastica’s Doves, “Our goal this year is all about getting our feet wet and gaining good experience for the future,” said Mary Grace Moran, team driver and member. “It’ll just be an added bonus if we place well.”