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EVIT hosts 2 vehicle events for students in Mesa

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Emerson Fuller, EVIT cosmetology student and Desert Ridge High School senior, won the EVIT Perfect Attendance Car Giveaway on May 16. (Patrick Jervis/EVIT)

On May 16, Emerson Fuller, East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) cosmetology student and Desert Ridge High School senior, won the EVIT Perfect Attendance Car Giveaway.

Emerson Fuller, EVIT cosmetology student, with Dr. Sally Downey, EVIT superintendent.
(Patrick Jervis/EVIT)

She was excited to win the 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe, while six other EVIT students test-drove an electric car they built themselves.

Every year, EVIT uses the perfect attendance car giveaway to encourage students to treat school like a job – by showing up every day – because EVIT is a career and technical education school that prepares students to enter the workforce, said CeCe Todd, EVIT spokesperson. This year’s perfect attendance car was given to EVIT by a private donor who wishes to remain anonymous, she said.

“EVIT provides the winner of the car with $1 for the transfer of the title,” Todd added.

The names of six students were drawn on Monday for a chance to compete for the car and then on Tuesday in the Main Campus courtyard, 1601 W. Main St., each of the students were given a key to try in the ignition. The one that started the car, won.

Just before the perfect attendance car giveaway, another vehicle event took place Tuesday as six engineering students from EVIT’s East Campus, 6625 S. Power Road, drove their electric car from the East Campus to the Main Campus in west Mesa. The electric car is the capstone project for the Future Engineers program. The students researched how to build an electric car, learned to operate lathes, welders, shears, drill presses and other equipment to build the vehicle, and obtained sponsors to cover the full cost of the project, Todd said.

EVIT Future Engineering students who designed and built the electric car with Dr. Sally Downey, EVIT superintendent, and Craig Pearson, EVIT East Campus principal. (Patrick Jervis/EVIT)

“For high school students to research, design, develop, and build this project in one school year is an accomplishment not easily obtained, and these students should be recognized for their accomplishment,” Future Engineers instructor Leon Merkley said.

The students who built the electric car include: Truxten Cook, a Gilbert home-schooled senior; Daniel Domzalski, a senior at Chandler’s Hamilton High School; Gavin Juby, a senior at Scottsdale’s Chaparral High School; Braley Ross, a senior at Mesa’s Heritage Academy; Alexi Smith, a senior at Learning Foundation & Performing Arts Charter School; and Cameron Thomas, a Young Grad adult student from Mesa.

EVIT provides advanced career training tuition-free to high school students who reside in 10 East Valley school districts – Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, Tempe, Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, J.O Combs and Higley. Tuition-based programs for adults are also offered, with financial aid available to those who qualify.

EVIT students have a 98 percent high school graduation rate, 2 out of 3 go on to college, and 85 percent are in jobs, college or the military within one year of completing their training. For more information, visit: www.evit.com.

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