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Although, as a Grade 12 student, Preston Schedel didn’t have to participate in Lake Cowichan Secondary School’s Thursday, January 13, History Fair, he wanted to, anyway.

Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 12 students Adam Letang and Preston Schedel stand behind the tank Schedel created for the school’s History Fair

Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 12 students Adam Letang and Preston Schedel stand behind the tank Schedel created for the school’s History Fair

Although, as a Grade 12 student, Preston Schedel didn’t have to participate in Lake Cowichan Secondary School’s Thursday, January 13, History Fair, he wanted to, anyway.

The fair served as a good chance to show off the potato cannon he created to look like a tank, as well as his extensive knowledge of the armed forces and of wars.

“I’ve had interest in this since I was a kid, and after high school I hope to get into the army,” Schedel said.

As for his potato-shooting tank, Schedel created the entire thing using parts purchased from a department store.

Although it’s capable of shooting objects, during the History Fair Schedel wasn’t allowed to fire objects, due to obvious safety concerns.

Instead, he lit hair spray to create an impressive bang.

Other displays filled the school’s gymnasium, showcasing various other time periods and subjects.