Races, smiling faces at Marblehead Girl Scout Derby

Sixty-nine Girl Scouts ages 5 and up flexed their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) muscles to turn a block of pinewood into a gravity-propelled race car.

The Marblehead Girl Scout Service Unit held its annual Marblehead Girl Scout Derby April 1 at the Brown School.

Merrill Wysor, left, and Juliette Gummere show off their creations for the Marblehead Girl Scout Derby, which was held April 1 at the Brown School. COURTESY PHOTO

After building their cars at home, the Girl Scouts had to pass inspection with a volunteer pit crew on site at the Brown School to ensure that their cars complied with the derby’s rules and regulations.

The school auditorium filled with cheers as the cars were sent down a six-lane ramp in six separate heats to compete for trophies in six categories.

Before being officially entered into the Girl Scout Derby, would-be entrants’ pinewood cars had to pass muster at a registration pit stop. COURTESY PHOTO

“Win or lose, this girl-led friendly competition helps our Girl Scouts develop leadership skills, own a sense of accomplishment in the car that they have designed and build good sportsmanship skills,” said Calista Maharaj, a co-leader of Cadette Troop 82194 and Girl Scout regional delegate.

Derby results are as follows:

Overall Fastest Speed

1. Addison Torrence

2. Cara Crandall

3. Parker Horgan


1. Winnie Gallagher

2. Sidney Rosenhagen

3. Eleanor Park


1. Milly Gallagher

2. Rosie Smith

3. Emily Herendeen

Juniors and Cadettes

1. Sivan Hod

2. Eloise Cohen-Mavros

3. Skyler Finn

Most Like an Animal

Vivien Lien

Most Girl Scout Spirit

Maeve Weibust

Most Like a Race Car

Eloise Gummere

Most Colorful Car

Ayla Fox

Best Overall Car Design

Beatrix Marcy

Twelve individual troops comprise and 128 participants comprise the Marblehead Girl Scout Service Unit, which is affiliated with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. 

Winners in the Marblehead Girl Scout Derby proudly display their newly acquired trophies April 1 at the Brown School. COURTESY PHOTO
A cheering section from Daisy Troop 77611 — from left, Rose Doucette, Penelope Gummere (back), Peyton Murray, Alice Weibust (back), Sadie Keller, Bridget Benoit — gets ready to support their troop mates in the Girl Scout Derby April 1 at Brown School.
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