High schools students were excited to display medieval skills in a pumpkin catapult contest as they constructed a trebuchet launch and used math skills to calculate how far they could shoot pumpkins.
A dozen high schools competed at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence in the 10th annual contest. Yorkshire’s Pioneer Central High School were the champions, and the only team to hit the cardboard castle. They shot one pumpkin after another into the air, launching the 6 pound pumpkins a full 150 feet and beyond. They won all three top prizes.
The longest pumpkin shot was 397 feet, and the highest combined total of the three shots was 1,176 feet. But that wasn’t good enough for the team.
“Yeah, we’re not happy,” Kress said of his students. “Our record is 434. They want to beat that. It’s bragging rights within the school.”
The team was coached by technology teachers Don Kress and Larry Cook. Their pumpkin hit the castle target, bouncing through an opening in the base, the castle “gates”, and earned extra points. This has only happened once in the past eight years.