Thursday, April 30, 2009

Senior Spotlight

Alisha Holder is a senior at Houston High School where she has been an HHS Diamond Girl for four years, and she is in the Beta club and Anchor club. She has been on the Sundancer team since her freshman year. She has gone to many places including the Texas Motor Speedway twice, New York and Australia. Alisha is going to attend EMCC in the fall.

Junior Spotlight

Will Turman is a junior at Houston High School where he is a member of the tennis team and Beta club. He has been on the Solar Race team since he was a freshman and has been to four races. He plans to go to Ole Miss when he graduates college and major in electrical engineering.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Almost There!

Finally after months of testing and building, our new car is almost ready! At last we are able to put the array and solar panels on! It takes a lot of patience and tedious work to plan and place our solar cells; however, the team is well up to the challenge. We are extremely excited to see everything come together so nicely.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Senior Spotlight

Zack Huffman is a senior at Houston High School where he is the captain of the Sundancer Solar Race team, Beta president, Student Council president, a student member of Technology Commission for Houston School District and recently he has participated in our school Dream Girl pageant as a dancer for the Houston Community Theatre. Zack volunteers for the Salvation Army as a bell ringer, Project Noel, Relay for Life, Pennies for St. Jude, the Trash Bash, and he was an Election Campaign volunteer. He attends Church of Christ in Houston where he is the Vacation Bible school coordinator and the Church Education coordinator. Zack has gone to Austrailia, New York, and the Texas Motor Speedway with the Sundancer. This is his second year to be team captain. His future plans include going to Law School at Ole Miss and then becoming the President of the United States in 2036.

Hands Where I Can See Them!

What started out as a routine meeting turned out to be a very eventful night. New advancements were made on the car so we decided to take it out for a quick test drive through our town. We loaded up in the back of Big Red, called the police for an escort, and away we went. We didn't get very far before we noticed the back tire was flat. We pulled over in a vacant parking lot and our team was quick to fix the problem! We were back on the road in no time when we saw the Chief of Police quick on our tail. We were speeding! The speed limit was 15 and our car was topping out at 50 mph! Our team was dumbfounded and extremely excited! All of our hard work had paid off. The only problem was we didn't have our drivers licenses. We were so quick to leave the school none of us had our purses or wallets. A few of our members had to be taken away and one of them even tried to escape! Sundancer proves once more that anything is possible!

Whitney trying to make the escape and get the handcuffs off.

Thomas had the right to remain silent....but he didn't have the ability!

Put your hands where I can see them!

Just kidding! None of our members were really arrested.

We would love to show the police officers of Houston our deep appreciation for being so supportive and cooperative of our team. Without them we would not be able to be so successful!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Flywheel Festival

As the school year comes closer to coming to an end, the race is getting that much closer. We have various things planned for the next few weeks as we prepare for the challenge this summer. Houston is known for our hospitality in hosting the Flywheel Festival every year and this year the team is going to have a special guest. We are very excited about Mr. David Hearne attending and getting to meet our new team members. His book Hulagu's Web features the Sundancer Solar Race team. We are very excited about this venture and getting to know Mr. Hearne better. We will be posting a link on our web site soon so you can check out the book and have the opportunity to purchase your own copy of Hulagu's Web!