A team of Durham School students participated in this year's Race to Build competition on Sept. 14-16, 2023, sponsored by the Appalachia Service Project and held at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.
The team competed against teams from two other universities: Kent State University and the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology.
The annual competition involves each team building a home as fast as possible over two and a half days. Judges then score each team on safety, stewardship, teamwork and accuracy. The team with the highest scores receives a $5,000 prize, while the second and third-place teams each receive $2,500. The completed homes are then donated to families in the Tri-Cities, Tennessee region.
Congratulations to our students for receiving second place in the overall standings! Rather than keeping the prize money for themselves, the team decided to donate their winnings to the beneficiaries of the house they constructed during the competition.
The students were mentored by Associate Professor of Practice Brandon Kreiling. Two other faculty, Assistant Professors of Practice Tony Roebuck and Emmeline Watson also joined the students in the event. This was the third time that the Durham School has participated in this event. The Durham School is especially grateful to Dewalt Power Tools, which generously donated tools valued at more than $14,000 to support our student participation in this event.
Brandon Kreiling, the team leader, expressed his pride in the student's performance and their decision to give back to the community. " I believe that this is one of the best student experiences that the Durham School participates in. Getting to see the students interact with, and give back to a family in need is one of the most rewarding experiences for me as professor and something that the students will never forget," said Kreiling.
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