Carrollton youth invited to represent Tuscarawas County at All-American Soap Box Derby

Nate Stoffer prepares to leave the starting line at the Tuscarawas County Soap Box Derby in a Carrollton Schools car sponsored by EMT Ambulance. Stoffer placed third in the Stock Division at the Akron Gravity Challenge in May

CARROLLTON – The Carrollton Soap Box Derby Club, an after-school STEM event based at the POWER Training Center of Carrollton Schools, recently completed their third season, which was very successful. Members competed in the Gravity Racing Challenge at Derby Downs in Akron May 20 and  at Sugarcreek June 24 in the  63rd  annual Tuscarawas County Soap Box Derby.

At the Tuscarawas County event, held at Sugarcreek, Cauy Brammer, a seventh grader and Derby Club alumni, was invited to represent Tuscarawas County in the Master’s Division of the race. In his maiden appearance, he finished in first place and was invited to compete in the All American Soap Box Derby at Derby Downs in Akron later this summer.

More than 30 drivers raced down Main Street in Sugarcreek during the event. Carrollton was represented by Nate Stoffer, whose car was sponsored by Carrollton EMT. Nate finished in the top eight overall.

The All-American Soap Box Derby will be held the week of July 16-22. The Rally Race is scheduled July 19 and the All American, July 22.

At the Akron Gravity challenge, 38 fourth through seventh graders were involved. Carrollton took 15 cars to the competition; more than any other school in Ohio and second-most  in the entire competition (a group from Rochester, NY brought 22 cars).

Nate Stoffer, who will be in the fifth grade at Augusta this fall, won third place in the stock division out of 46 cars and Jacob Serguek, 6th grade, placed in the top 16 in the superstock division out of over 100 cars. Placing that high in either division requires skills that are reinforced throughout the derby club season: an understanding of physics, attention to detail, and ability to maintain focus.

“Cauy and Chandra Brammer, both seventh graders and Derby Club alumni, deserve special recognition for their leadership skills and incredible work ethic throughout the club and on race day. They volunteered their time, skills and leadership as amazing crew leaders for the Carrollton Club,” said Donna Brown of the Carrollton Schools POWER team.

Students who were not race drivers participated in the pit crew and performed wheel swaps and basic car maintenance between heats. Most importantly, all students (drivers, pit crew, and spectators) exhibited good attitudes, good sportsmanship, and good team spirit.

The Carrollton STEM-based Derby Club will enter its fourth season next year. The club is open to students in grades 4 through 6. Beginning in February, teams meet weekly after school at the POWER Training Center on Scio Road.

Club members include:

6th Grade Team- Kirsten Carpenter, Jolene Greaves, Kobe Green, Ada Hummel, Jacob Sergeuk, Aubrey Taylor and Kodiak Wells.

4-5th Grade Team – Morgan Boyer, Leah Brown, Trevor Carpenter, Colton Casper, Levi Crider, Ruth Davis, Zoey Elliot, Paul Eshler, Andrew Faulk, Peyton Feiock, Gaven Frey, Nelson Grimm, Jessica Koman, Jaden Maple, Lillianna Menarcheck, Rylee Mercer, Chance Miller, Katelyn Mullen, Kayla Murphy, Mia Paulette, Ricky Sibila, Nate Stoffer, Kaiden Ware, Colton Weals, Dannelle Weals, Daniel Wood, Matthew Yingling, Teagan Yingling and Ducky Young.

“We hope to expand the club this coming school year and our dream is to secure a section of road at the new school site so we can have our our own community race like they do at Sugarcreek,” said Brown.

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