GHS Solar Car going to Earth Day Dallas
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TAKING A BREAK from changing the suspension on the Piney Woods Raycer, members of the 2012-13 team include, from left, John King, Wyatt LaGrone, Conner Blackfront, Ryan Vogt and Malique Fluellen.
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The Gilmer High School Solar Car team, the Piney Woods Raycers, will travel on a flatbed trailer to Dallas to participate in Earth Day Dallas, an expo about how urban dwellers can do more to make their lives more sustainable.

This year's crew, the third for the school, has entirely new blood. Members include: John King, Wyatt LaGrone, Conner Blackfront, Ryan Vogt, and Malique Fluellen.

After their successful trip to Dallas, the team will be serving shrimp and crawfish at the April Classic Car Cruize at Gilmer Discount Tire and Brake on Hwy 155 Thursday, April 26.

At both events, members of the team will exhibit a recently renovated solar car with a new single rear wheel and a shortened roof assembly with the same solar panels and batteries. With the new, 3-footed structure which the students designed using CAD, the team hopes the third edition of the Piney Woods Raycer will be both quicker in response and more stable.

Concessions for the Cruize will be a crawfish and shrimp boil to benefit the Piney Woods Raycers solar car team based at Gilmer High School.

The solar car team will begin serving at 5:30 and will close the concession at 7:30 p.m. Customers can choose between crawfish, hot and mild, and shrimp. Both will be served with a potato, corn on the cob and a drink for $7.50.

Come see the work the team had done to improve the rear suspension and eat crawfish.

This weekend, Earth Day Dallas, is a two day event Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in Fair Park in the Esplanade with the outdoor exhibits collected around the reflecting pool. Leilani Munter, a biology major turned race car driver, is one of the leading personalities to attend the event.

Visitors will be able to learn about how to become a master naturalist or a master gardener, the role of bees, butterflies, birds, and herbs in the garden, and even how to raise chickens in an urban environment.

The Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico will also perform, and the DFW Truck Farm 5K race will kick off the event.

Earth Day Dallas is a unique, engaging and entertaining family-friendly experience that empowers the attendees with relevant information and clear steps to take and to utilize available resources to switch to eco-friendly projects and to support important non-profit environmental organizations.
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