Satellite High School Students Complete Last Week of Quaker State Automotive Contest

By  //  November 25, 2015

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ABOVE VIDEO: Quaker State is bringing a hands-on automotive education program to select high schools through the “Best in Class Challenge.” This 6-week competition featured high school auto shop classes across the United States restoring, tuning and customizing a pre-owned car into a showroom-ready, creative representation of their school.

Quaker State is bringing a hands-on automotive education program to select high schools through the “Best in Class Challenge.”

This 6-week competition featured high school auto shop classes across the United States restoring, tuning and customizing a pre-owned car into a showroom-ready, creative representation of their school.

Each high school team will compete for not only bragging rights, but a custom spread in Popular Mechanics, the opportunity to attend and participate in the December 11, 2015 Mecum Auction in Austin, Texas and prize money and scholarships for their high school.

Quaker State has also teamed up with AutoZone to help set up each school with the tools for success.

The top five schools will receive their vehicle from local car lots (valued at $3,000), receive a $2,000 AutoZone gift card to purchase all necessary parts and supplies for the competition.

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Satellite High came in first throughout the state of Florida in the voting competition and received a 2002 Chevrolet Impala on October 13, 2015.

They will compete against the winning schools from Georgia, North Carolina, Illinois and New Jersey by transforming a less-than-perfect car into a source of pride for their community, school, and district.

Sponsored by Quaker State, an American motor oil company, the Best in Class Challenge consists of a six-week competition period, where students from Satellite High will engage in hands-on education and at the end of the competition the students will show off their final product to judges, Tommy Pike of Tommy Pike Customs, and Paul Menard, NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver.

The competition winners will be announced on November 23, and the winners will be awarded a class gift card from AutoZone, featured in Popular Mechanics magazine and they will have the potential to sell their school’s car at the Mecum auction in Texas. Menard –

Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson

“It is an amazing accomplishment to have four BPS automotive programs competing in the same national competition,” said Jim Johnson, CTE resource teacher.

“That speaks volumes to the level that these Brevard public high school Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair programs are on and to the level of dedication from the instructors, school and district administration.”

For more information, please contact Jim Johnson at 321-633-1000 ext. 398 or johnson.james@brevardschools.org.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Cole Prospero, Thomas Baker, Jerome A, Dyllan Myer, Jesse Thomas, Shah Aminmadam, Dante Hernandez, Katie Pitchford, Samantha Simmons, Rachel Waltsers, Nicholas Pietrzak, Stephen Shuman, Brennan, Asher, Kyle Witt, Zack Carpenter)

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Cole Prospero, Thomas Baker, Jerome A, Dyllan Myer, Jesse Thomas, Shah Aminmadam, Dante Hernandez, Katie Pitchford, Samantha Simmons, Rachel Waltsers, Nicholas Pietrzak, Stephen Shuman, Brennan, Asher, Kyle Witt, Zack Carpenter)

Students Dante Hernandez and Thomas Baker work on the hood of the car.

Students Dante Hernandez and Thomas Baker work on the hood of the car.

Dante Hernandez, and Thomas Baker

Students Nicholas Pietrzak and Cole Prospero work with auto parts.

Students Nicholas Pietrzak and Cole Prospero work with auto parts.


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