PHILADELPHIA, May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Supporters of the Electric Vehicle
Team of West Philadelphia High School's Academy of Automotive and
Mechanical Engineering (WPHSAAME) will gather on Tuesday afternoon to wish
the students success in this week's Tour de Sol. The Tour de Sol is the
nation's oldest and most prestigious competition for alternative fuel
vehicles, now in its 18th year. The race is being held in Saratoga Springs,
NY and begins on Wednesday with technical testing of vehicles.
Last year, the team from West Philadelphia High School won the Tour de
Sol defeating not only colleges and universities, but production vehicles
from Toyota and Honda. Their vehicle, the Hybrid Attack, was the greenest
vehicle in the competition.
The competition will again be fierce. This year besides the usual array
of colleges, universities and manufacturers there will be a team from Delhi
College, the premier engineering school of India. Also in the competition
will be West's closest competitor, Western Washington University, which
will be sending two (2) vehicles.
"At a time when the price of gas is over $3.00 a gallon, building a
vehicle that gets great mileage and runs on soybean oil is a great
educational experience," said Simon Hauger, the Team's mentor.
The students and staff at West have been working very hard to prepare
for the race. Supporters including AFSCME District Council 33, and others
from the labor and business communities will be gathering at the West
Philadelphia High School's Academy of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering
at 221 South Hanson Street at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 to cheer the
Team on as they get ready to once again take on the challenge of building
the greenest vehicle.
The team members are students Calvin Cheesboro, Joe Pak, Tyson
Drummond, Tysheema Lovett, Kerri Gabe, Nkosi Harmon, Bruce Harmon, Kevin
McKnight, Victor Webster and Tete Occannsey, along with teachers Simon
Hauger, Clayton Kinsler and Ron Preiss.
For more information about the Tour de Sol visit the website of the
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (http://nesea.org)
The WPHSAAME is a program of the School District of Philadelphia and
the Philadelphia Academies, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides
services in dozens of public high schools and middle schools. For more
information about Philadelphia Academies visit their website at
The work of the WPHSAAME is supported by its Board of Governors and
business partners: AFSCME D. C. 33, AAA Mid-Atlantic, Central City Toyota,
City of Philadelphia Office of Fleet Management, Community College of
Philadelphia, Gary Barbera Dodgeland, Haines Street Collex, Meissner
Chevrolet, Mitchell 1, the Philadelphia Parking Authority, the Philadelphia
School District, Pep Boys, Sunoco, Inc., Subaru of America and the
University of Pennsylvania.
SOURCE AFSCME District Council 33