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High School Auto Program Collaborates with Aftermarket on Award-Winning Vehicles


Students enrolled at Morse High School’s Auto Body Program in San Diego were able to lend a helping hand on award-winning project vehicles featured at the 2017 SEMA Show.

The Morse High School Auto Body Program, opened in 2012, exposes students to a variety of careers within the automotive industry.

This top-secret shadow program, as NBC San Diego reported, gave students an opportunity to experience hands-on tutelage from industry veterans. The students collaborated with SEMA project leaders at Air Design USA, Sherwin Williams, and Ford Motor Co. to design an award-winning black and silver 2018 Ford Mustang and F-150 duo. After the students completed their contribution to the SEMA builds, the vehicles were transported and revealed at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The vehicles later appeared this year at the Detroit and Los Angeles auto shows.

“This was one of the most special SEMA builds. Not only was it the first time I was awarded two vehicle projects by Ford, but it also is a project that so many people get to share in the success,” said Billy Longfellow, vice president of design and engineering at Air Design USA. “These kids, they poured their hearts into the builds. And today, they share in the outstanding design award we received.”

See the video above created by Air Design USA, Sherwin Williams, and Ford Motor Co. commemorating the team of Morse High School students who worked on the vehicles.

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