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May 13-- This year's Southeast Georgia Soapbox Derby, a Lyons Mainstreet Program, partnered with the Toombs County High School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program to stage a fund raising event called " Run What Ya Brung."

The race took place on Soapbox Derby Hill in Partin Park and encouraged everyone to create a gravity powered vehicle and race all comers. The event attracted 12 entries and raised more than $600 for the STEM program which plans on this being an annual event.

A check for the proceeds was presented Monday morning at Toombs County High School to STEM coordinator Attallaka Harris-Williams.

STEMCHECK(L-R) Toombs County High School Superintendent Barry Waller, Toombs County High School Principal Marissa Morris, Toombs County High School Junior Crystal Morales, Derby Co-Director Matt Driggers, STEM coordinator Attallaka Harris-Williams, and Lyons City Manager and Derby Co-Director Jason Hall.

This year the STEM program also built and raced 5 soapbox derby cars in the Local race on May 4th. Each car had a team of students that broke down the official soapbox derby cars, made repairs, fine-tuned the mechanics of the car and put them back together. Many of the cars had to be driven by younger students due to size, Crystal Morales raced the STEM Super Stock car on May 4th. Crystal placed 7th in our local and was excited to race. Her Race team consisted of her Father Manuel Morales and her uncle Martin Sandoval.

Matt Driggers the Soapbox Derby co-director stated that he sees a great future with the partnership between the Soapbox Organization and the School System.

Thanks to EZE Photography for shots of these "Run What Ya Brung" entries.

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