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JSU Student Athletes to compete in Concrete Canoe Competition
Courtesy: Jackson State Athletics Media  
Release: 03/21/2013
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JACKSON, Miss. - Six Jackson State University student-athletes, majoring in civil engineering, will travel to Baton Rouge, La. to compete in the annual American Society of Civil Engineers Concrete Canoe Competition on Friday and Saturday.

The goal of this competition is to design and construct a canoe made of concrete, which will float on the water and be strong enough to withstand the rigors of several races. The competition is scored based on the following categories: the design paper (25%), a technical presentation (25%), the races (25%), and overall aesthetics and quality of construction (25%).

JSU competes in a conference against twelve other schools including LSU, Southern (Baton Rouge), Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Memphis, and Louisiana Tech. The team which finishes as the overall first place team moves on to the national competition to compete against the top 20 teams in the nation.

This year’s canoe is named “Sweetness” in tribute to JSU great Walter Payton, whose legacy serves as an inspiration for student-athletes at Jackson State. Samuel Rhoads (men’s cross country/track and field) will serve as the project manager and will perform the technical presentation. Christine Edwards (volleyball), Kameron Boggan (volleyball) Jonathan Atkins (men’s track and field), Ibrahim Hinds (men’s track and field) and Ryan Diesing (football) make up the rest of the team.

“Sweetness is the best canoe that JSU has seen yet,” said Rhoads. “We plan to bring home an array of medals.”

2013 marks the 26th year for the concrete canoe competition. The first ASCE National Concrete Competition was held in 1988 at Michigan State University (East Lansing, Mich.).

More about the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition

The ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC) provides students with a practical application of the engineering principles they learn in the classroom, along with important team and project management skills they will need in their careers. The event challenges the students' knowledge, creativity and stamina, while showcasing the versatility and durability of concrete as a building material.

Each year, the NCCC, which is held in mid-June, is hosted by an ASCE Student Organization. Teams qualify for the NCCC by placing first in one of the 18 conference competitions held throughout the United States during the spring. Teams placing second in a conference competition behind a university that finished in the top five at the previous year's national competition are also invited. To be eligible to compete the entrant school must be a recognized ASCE Student Chapter or ASCE International Student Group.

The winners of the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition are determined by compiling the team's total number of points from the academic and race portions of the competition. Academic scholarships totaling $9,000 are awarded to the winning teams' undergraduate civil engineering program.

Selection of the academic scholarship winner(s) is determined by the local ASCE Student Organization. The scholarship must be used toward satisfying tuition reimbursements only, and cannot be used to fund current or future Concrete Canoe competitions. ASCE must be notified in writing of the academic scholarship winner(s) prior to the distribution of funds to the recipients.


Competition awards are distributed as follows:

1st place overall winner $5,000 scholarship & trophy

2nd place overall winner $2,500 scholarship & trophy

3rd place overall winner $1,500 scholarship & trophy

4th place overall winner commemorative plaque

5th place overall winner commemorative plaque


Special plaques are also awarded to the top team in the following individual categories:

Best design paper

Best oral presentation

Best final product

Men's slalom/endurance race

Women's slalom/endurance race

Men's sprint race

Women's sprint race

Spirit of Competition


Special plaques are also given in honor of:

R. John Craig - former ASCE Committee on Student Services member who was a driving force behind organization of the National Concrete Canoe Competition - to the team that has the fastest time in the coed race.

Appropriate awards shall be presented to teams finishing second through fifth in each individual competition event. Each team receives a commemorative plaque for their participation in the National Concrete Canoe Competition, and all ten official team members receive a certificate of participation.

The ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition was funded by a generous grant from the ASCE Foundation.