C.D. Hylton High School automotive students display their custom Jeep at annual SEMA show
Posted on 12/05/2019
Hylton HS automotive students with the Jeep they displayed at the SEMA showC.D. Hylton High School’s award-winning automotive technology program was one of five high school automotive programs in the nation to take part in this year’s Special Equipment Marketing Association’s (SEMA) special Jeep build.

The 2002 Jeep was provided by SEMA and 19 sponsors provided the parts to assist with the project. The students tore the Jeep down to the frame and completely rebuilt it. After months of hard work, the rebuild was a success and SEMA chose Hylton’s Jeep to be on display at their annual show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The SEMA show is the ultimate automotive aftermarket products show in the world and is not open to the public. To have a vehicle on display is a huge honor, especially for high school students. Hylton Automotive Teacher Ed Stevens took a group of his students to the show to participate in an engine rebuilding competition and to see their Jeep on display.

Stevens shared, “It was really a great experience for the students¬—to get them out there and see something that most people don’t get an opportunity to see. The students were excited to explore the show and see their Jeep on display.”

Hylton automotive student Alejandro Galen said, “I thought it was really cool that we could build something as high school students of the same caliber of other people at the show.”

Displaying at the SEMA show was not the only honor the students received for their Jeep build. They were also featured on the cover of a recent issue of the educational magazine, “Tomorrow’s Technician,” along with a feature story about the student’s hard work.

“The kids built something putting in their heart and soul, weekends, holidays, and late nights. Then to see their end-product on the cover and centerfold of a national magazine was very special,” said Stevens.

Hylton automotive student Braxton Tate added, “You really shouldn’t underestimate kids on what they know or can do.”

To follow all of their builds, go to the Hylton automotive YouTube Channel, Bull Dog Builds. New episodes are posted weekly.