Autorama High School Design Competition Winners Awarded in Detroit
Last week, Chrysler Group LLC awarded eight Michigan high school artists in the Autorama High School Design Competition during the Meguiar’s 62nd Detroit Autorama hot rod show. In this competition, students were encouraged to tap into their creativity to design a vehicle that appeals to young drivers and remains incredibly eco-conscious. Chrysler Group vehicles (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Truck, Fiat, and SRT) served as inspiration for the contest.
“This is our second year hosting this competition to show young people with an artistic side that a design career in the automotive industry is possible,” said Mark Trostle, Head of SRT, Mopar, and Motorsports Design, Chrysler Group LLC, in a press release. “Joining forces with the College for Creative Studies, United Way for Southeastern Michigan and Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama gave us the necessary tools and exposure to connect with young creative minds and potentially the next great car designer.”
Two winners (first and second place) from each grade level were awarded during the hot rod show. Twelfth graders, Alex Fischer and SooJin Lim, took first and second place respectively. Eleventh graders, Tyler Wayne and Conner Stormer, followed suit with a one-two finish. Kevin Jacobs took first place in the tenth grade, with A’Nyeshia Taylor taking second place. Finally, ninth grader, Branden Taylor, claimed first prize, followed by Hunter Sayed in second.
All eight winners received passes to Meguiar’s 62nd Detroit Autorama, as well as a three-week summer automotive design course at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) and iPads. As the senior winner, Alex Fischer also earned a $2,500 CCS scholarship.
“I’ve always wanted to have a job where I can draw my ideas, and as time goes on I think more and more about designing cars,” said Alex Fischer of Stoney Creek High School and this year’s first place senior class winner. “The competition benefitted me a lot by giving me confidence and showing me that I can succeed in a career like this, and I like the fact that Chrysler takes younger kids’ ideas seriously.”
Congrats to all eight winners!