Thursday, October 8, 2009

We Passed! We Passed! We Passed!

TEAM BeauSoleil passes inspections
WOW!!! What an amazing day for TEAM BeauSoleil! WE pulled it all together
and passed all of our inspections with only minutes to spare. This is a
brief timeline:

6:00 PM - We were still having trouble with our breakers. I even called
home and asked my family to start praying for us because the thought of not
being able to start the competition was heartbreaking.

6:30 PM - We all stayed calm and came up with the solution. A local
electrical supply store even stayed open late so one of our faculty
advisors could buy some more breakers.

7:00 PM - The breakers arrive and we change them.

7:15 PM - Mr. Conway comes back and the new breakers
work. Unfortunately the outlets were wrong so we still could not pass.

7:15 PM - 7:20 PM - WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO!?

7:20 PM - 7:30 PM - We run up and down the mall asking other teams if they
could loan some outlets to us.

7:30 PM - 7:45 PM -We changed all the outlets and PASSED our final
electrical inspection.

7:55 PM - Call for final inspection and PASS!!!!!!!!!!

Tonight, I witnessed the most incredible teamwork I have EVER seen. It was
absolutely inspiring. WE worked together, kept our cool, and solved the
problem. This is part of what makes our TEAM so special. We ALL truly
believe in what we are doing and are very proud to represent our
university, our culture and our state.

I would like to thank Mrs. T, Mrs. Billie, Father Chester and everyone back
home who were praying for us (I really think this helped us through) and
our incredible faculty members for helping us solve this problem. Also, we
owe a huge amount of gratitude to the other Solar Decathlon teams (TEAM
Missouri, The University of Arizona, The Ohio State University, University
of Kentucky, and Universidad de Puerto Rico) who were so kind to help us
out. We truly could not have done it without you!

So,it is here! We have finally made it. It is truly an amazing feeling to
be here with my TEAM. We were definitely blessed tonight.

Gretchen Vanicor

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