Houston's Barbara Jordan High School Designs Dream Vehicle for Chrysler Group

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Chrysler Group

    HOUSTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Teamwork, dedication and imagination
 contributed to the triumph of Barbara Jordan High School during the 2001
 "Build Your Dream Vehicle" educational challenge in Houston.  The winning
 team's concept vehicle, Aquaria earned $3,000, a first place trophy and the
 opportunity to compete at the National Finals May 1 at DaimlerChrysler's North
 American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
     Clear Brook High School earned second place receiving a $2,000 cash award.
 BT Washington High School was honored with third place and a $1,000 award.
 The day-long contest was April 17 at University of Houston-Downtown.
     Chrysler Group launched the "Build Your Dream Vehicle" program in 1994.
 The contest challenges high school students to use teamwork and creativity to
 conceive, design and present an innovative, environmentally-friendly vehicle
 concept.  All entries must include a marketing strategy, financial plan and a
 three-dimensional model or drawing of the dream concept.
     Barbara Jordan High School's winning entry Aquaria, touted as
 environmentally responsible, is best described as a powerful, luxury sport
 sedan.
     As represented in the name, water was an influencing element in the design
 of the vehicle.  The theme of their presentation was "Water in Motion, Water
 is Power."  An innovative hydroelectric powertrain was one of the winning
 aspects of the vehicle.  It produces zero emissions and uses water (a
 renewable power source) to create its power.
     The winning team's instructor, Wilfred Stewart, an engineering and CAD
 instructor at Barbara Jordan High School said, "Working with highly motivated
 students with marketing knowledge contributed to our success.  We are honored
 to win this competition and look forward to competing in the National Finals
 in May."
     Students and coaches on the three winning teams are:
 
     Name of High School          Concept Vehicle       Students and Coach
     1st Place - Barbara Jordan   Aquaria               Christopher McDaaniel,
                                                        Luisa Pedroza, Cynthia
                                                        Romano, Adam Uballe,
                                                        Joshua Gilcrease,
                                                        Wilfred Stewart (coach)
 
     2nd Place - Clear Brook      Spyder                Barret Bailey, Kevin
                                                        Franks, Marshall McGee,
                                                        Jason Silva, Laurence
                                                        Mays (coach)
 
     3rd Place - BT Washington    Execel                Montreal McMorris, Tony
                                                        Phillips, Pasha
                                                        Javidpour, Bill
                                                        Priciella (coach)
 
     Road to Victory
     Student teams began working on their "dream" vehicles at the start of the
 2000-2001 school year.  In January, Houston-area teams sent their "Build Your
 Dream Vehicle" entries to Chrysler Group headquarters for preliminary judging.
 As a result, four teams were selected to compete in the Houston regional
 finals.
     During the past few weeks, student teams in Miami, Houston, San Diego, Los
 Angeles, Washington D.C./Baltimore, Detroit, Atlanta and Chicago have
 presented their dream concepts at regional competitions.  First place winners
 from each city will advance to the national finals in May.
     For more information about Chrysler Group's "Build Your Dream Vehicle"
 program, educators should call 888-839-BYDV (2938), or visit the Web site at
 www.daimlerchrysler.com/bydv
 
 

SOURCE Chrysler Group
    HOUSTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Teamwork, dedication and imagination
 contributed to the triumph of Barbara Jordan High School during the 2001
 "Build Your Dream Vehicle" educational challenge in Houston.  The winning
 team's concept vehicle, Aquaria earned $3,000, a first place trophy and the
 opportunity to compete at the National Finals May 1 at DaimlerChrysler's North
 American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
     Clear Brook High School earned second place receiving a $2,000 cash award.
 BT Washington High School was honored with third place and a $1,000 award.
 The day-long contest was April 17 at University of Houston-Downtown.
     Chrysler Group launched the "Build Your Dream Vehicle" program in 1994.
 The contest challenges high school students to use teamwork and creativity to
 conceive, design and present an innovative, environmentally-friendly vehicle
 concept.  All entries must include a marketing strategy, financial plan and a
 three-dimensional model or drawing of the dream concept.
     Barbara Jordan High School's winning entry Aquaria, touted as
 environmentally responsible, is best described as a powerful, luxury sport
 sedan.
     As represented in the name, water was an influencing element in the design
 of the vehicle.  The theme of their presentation was "Water in Motion, Water
 is Power."  An innovative hydroelectric powertrain was one of the winning
 aspects of the vehicle.  It produces zero emissions and uses water (a
 renewable power source) to create its power.
     The winning team's instructor, Wilfred Stewart, an engineering and CAD
 instructor at Barbara Jordan High School said, "Working with highly motivated
 students with marketing knowledge contributed to our success.  We are honored
 to win this competition and look forward to competing in the National Finals
 in May."
     Students and coaches on the three winning teams are:
 
     Name of High School          Concept Vehicle       Students and Coach
     1st Place - Barbara Jordan   Aquaria               Christopher McDaaniel,
                                                        Luisa Pedroza, Cynthia
                                                        Romano, Adam Uballe,
                                                        Joshua Gilcrease,
                                                        Wilfred Stewart (coach)
 
     2nd Place - Clear Brook      Spyder                Barret Bailey, Kevin
                                                        Franks, Marshall McGee,
                                                        Jason Silva, Laurence
                                                        Mays (coach)
 
     3rd Place - BT Washington    Execel                Montreal McMorris, Tony
                                                        Phillips, Pasha
                                                        Javidpour, Bill
                                                        Priciella (coach)
 
     Road to Victory
     Student teams began working on their "dream" vehicles at the start of the
 2000-2001 school year.  In January, Houston-area teams sent their "Build Your
 Dream Vehicle" entries to Chrysler Group headquarters for preliminary judging.
 As a result, four teams were selected to compete in the Houston regional
 finals.
     During the past few weeks, student teams in Miami, Houston, San Diego, Los
 Angeles, Washington D.C./Baltimore, Detroit, Atlanta and Chicago have
 presented their dream concepts at regional competitions.  First place winners
 from each city will advance to the national finals in May.
     For more information about Chrysler Group's "Build Your Dream Vehicle"
 program, educators should call 888-839-BYDV (2938), or visit the Web site at
 www.daimlerchrysler.com/bydv
 
 SOURCE  Chrysler Group