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Mater Dei HS creates car that gets 849 miles per gallon

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Mater Dei's Super Mileage Team was recognized in Wired Magazine this week for a car they built that won top honors at an international competition in Houston, Texas.

It's not the Daytona 500, but it's the Shell Eco Marathon where high schools and universities across the globe compete head to head.

For Mater Dei, victory is sweet.

"It's nice to know that we're competing on a national level and we're going in and we're making a statement that high school students are just as good as any college," says Jack Weinzapfel.

This year, the team entered four cars.

One in the urban class that took 1st place and set a new America's record of an astounding 849 miles per gallon.

The team also left with another 1st and two 2nd place finishes.

"It's a feeling of gratification because after all the hours and time you've put into it, you finally go down there and make a good run," says Joe Ritter.

"You know you can't say enough about the group of kids that put that many hours in when they're all playing sports," says Dan Ritter. "And this group of seniors, every one of them, is involved in two or three other things."

For advisor Dan Ritter and the team, it's a lot of hours and hard work that pays off.

This year, the team brought back $6,000 in prize money and bragging rights.

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