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HAS students let pumpkins fly

Submitted photos Students prepare to participate in the annual Highland Adventist School pumpkin drop took place at the Elkins Fire Department.
Principal Cheryl Jacko presents checks to Brooklyn Pauley and Kendall Corley.
Laila Cade declares the last freefall pumpkin a ‘Pie’

ELKINS — The annual Highland Adventist School pumpkin drop took place at the Elkins Fire Department, again this year. Over 15 pumpkin packages were entered into the contest, which tests the strength and design of each pumpkin package to protect a 10 inch diameter pumpkin from cracking or breaking.

Student engineers tried a variety of packing techniques to survive the 45-foot drop from the fire department’s bucket truck. After each drop, the pumpkin was quickly opened and the sign “Yay” was displayed (survived) or a “Pie” sign (cracked).

Several pumpkins made it through with only minor, small cracks, but only one survived with no cracks or breaks at all. That pumpkin was packed by Kendall Corley and Brooklyn Pauley, who each one a $10 prize.

“We all send our thanks out to Chief Tom Meader and the Elkins Fire Department for hosting our event this year,” HAS principal Cheryl Jacko said.

The annual pumpkin drop is part of Highland Adventist School’s regular STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) program. For more information about the school’s STEAM program or it’s innovative PK-12 Christian curriculum, visit www.highlandadventistschool.org or call 304-636-4274.