The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

August 27, 2013

Council taking time to honor ‘Iron Lion’

Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — A successful racing team from Greenville High School will have another moment in the sun this evening.

The GHS Solar Team is scheduled to be honored at the start of tonight’s regular session agenda of the Greenville City Council. The meeting is set to begin at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street.

Mayor Steve Reid intends to read a proclamation whereby the City of Greenville commends the team and its entry, the Iron Lion.

The Iron Lion finished in second place in the 2013 Solar Car Challenge.

The team completed the eight-day cross country race in Los Angeles on July 30. The race began July 22 at Texas Motor Speedway.

The car was built from the ground up by the team, who took turns driving, while others mapped out, using physics and mathematics, how fast the car can go while keeping the energy it received from the sun from depleting.

The five drivers are Jose Casteneda, Jake White, Devin Siems, Phillip Malone and Caleb Bryan. The racers made seven stops in four different states, including a stop in Carlsbad, N.M. and Wickenburg, Ariz.

The Solar Car Challenge began in 1993 as a high school extracurricular activity, according to the SCC website. More than 65 schools in 20 states now take part in the challenge.

The Solar Car Challenge is designed to motivate students in science, engineering and alternative energy.