The Eagle Point High School Thomas Ussary Memorial Car Show for 2013 is scheduled for April 27, in the parking lot at the school. Each year the event has grown and has become a very successful fund raiser for the SkillsUSA program at the school. The event includes a car show, poker run, trophies, concessions and many prizes. Every type of vehicle is welcome, from mopeds to semi-trucks, some 200 or more entrants are expected.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. on the morning of the show. The entire show is student run with all proceeds going to students to fund their trips to competitions around the state and country.
As of this date, Eagle Point High students have raised half the funds needed to pay travel expenses for eight students, each competing student must pay for the other half. This included half the airfare, hotel and registration. They will also be required to pay for their own meals and bus fares to the various competition sites over the five-day period. Each student will need to earn and raise approximately $1100 to meet those expenses. Miscellaneous expenses will amount to another $200.
Most know the story now, but students from all over compete in a variety of skills contests. It is the lessons they learn from this program that give them a headstart on some of the more technical occupations they may later choose to enter. Some of the categories are more geared to the technical aspects of media on to the knuckle-busting mechanical knowledge involving diesel mechanics.
Matt Boren has been teaching the class for years, and has churned out many successful students who have chosen their life’s work from the beginnings they had in this program.
The Dessert Auction, held earlier in the year, is one of the venues where students earn money for their expenses. This car show is the largest event they sponsor and also helps raise more money than any of the other venues.
The young people involved are hard-working and sincere in their desire to excel at their chosen field. The program has turned out many successful young people. This is a program the school and the community can be proud of.