Arroyo Grande High School Launches Annual Greek Week with Boat Regatta

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Arroyo Grande High School began its annual competition and Greek week on Friday with the boat regatta.

Twenty-six boats made only from cardboard and duct tape raced through the school pool, ending the school year with school spirit and innovation.

After the regatta, the points for the week’s activities were counted. The senior class won the race and the Greek week overall.

Although the annual event began in 2006, the school went on an extended hiatus due to the pandemic. Students like Arroyo Grande High School junior Ella Colgan were eager to revive the tradition.

“Our last fill-up was in Grade 8, so we didn’t have our first-grade or second-grade Greek week,” Colgan said. “I would say it’s a right of passage to participate in Greek Week…just a really fun experience at Arroyo Grande High School.”

Arroyo Grande High School seniors Taj Covarrubias and Noah Fuller are among the only class to have seen the boat regatta before.

After winning the regatta in their first year, Covarrubias said he and his class were confident and had only improved from racing in previous years.

“Our craftsmanship definitely showed up this year and I mean it shows in our boat,” Covarrubias said. “We have made a great work of art – proud of it.”

Arroyo Grande High School activities director Shannon Hurtado said the regatta even included boats with staff and siblings, in addition to those focused on each class.

“Obviously don’t get [Greek Week] in 2020 not being able to do one because we were partially digital, especially in person last year,” Hurtado said. “It’s just exciting to get back to the traditions that make Arroyo Grande a special place to teach and learn.”

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