Bath County High School students prep for solar car competition in Texas


OWINGSVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky’s first high school solar car team is in Texas for the Solar Car Challenge.

Bath County High School’s Solar Cats spent the past two two years designing, building and preparing for the nation wide Solar Car Challenge.

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The students also raised the $24,000 in donations and sponsorship to build the car themselves.

The challenge is two parts.

First, the car has to pass the scrutiny test where officials will check for safety and road worthiness. If it passes, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles will issue the car official Texas registration.

Then, the race begins.

Over three days the team of drivers will try and rack up as many laps as they can in three days. Each day the teams are allowed to drive three hours in the morning and then three hours in the afternoon.

Jaycie Bussell is one of the members on the team. She said it took a lot of hard work to get to where they are today.

“It takes a lot of long, grueling hours in order to complete this car,” Bussell said. She said she couldn’t calculate the amount time the team put in if she tried.

Maynard Reinhardt, another team member said it’s not how he expected to spend his summer, but it’s worth it.

“It’s insane how much backing that we’ve had and how much support we’ve had from the community,” he said. “It’s nice to think about the fact that everyone in this town is just so proud of the fact that we’ve been working so hard on this car and been working for so long on it.”

Reinhardt said he’s excited to represent Bath County in Texas and show the other teams you don’t have to be from a city to excel in technology.

“We’re making history with this car,” he said.


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