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‘Soap Box Derby’ Cars Assembled in Masonry Lab

Walter J. Shultz, director of instructional technology and distance learning, helps Kyle Ulmer assemble his derby entry Zachary Mertes is mentored by William T. Goddard, associate professor of construction technology Offering a confident thumbs-up for race day are driver Jonathan Ohl, with Ben Rinker (left) and Dan Donella, the first of the participants to complete construction Eric Ask, a sixth-grader at Lycoming Valley Middle School and son of Thomas E. Ask, associate professor of HVAC technology/mechanical refrigeration  one of only two racers to assemble his car without assistance  deftly wields a drill Josh D. Young, learning systems administrator, lends a helping hand in threading a steering cableThe sounds of power tools, family interaction and civic good will filled Penn College’s masonry laboratory Saturday, as drivers and their “pit crews” constructed the 52 cars that will race down Market Street when the Soap Box Derby one of the most-anticipated community events in years returns to Williamsport on July 3. Sponsoring businesses and organizations paid $600 for each of the vehicle kits, which were assembled in the Carl Building Technologies Center during a daylong work bee. Members of the college family greatly aided the process: Donald Noviello, a tutor and part-time faculty member in history/sociology/political science, is among the race organizers; and several faculty and staff members roamed the spacious lab to help where needed. Dining Services provided a pizza lunch for participants, who moved outside for official photos after their vehicles were completed, inspected and weighed.