CUMMING — One program at a local high school is asking for public votes to help it in a national contest.
Forsyth Central High School’s automotive program has been selected as a candidate for motor oil company Quaker State’s Best In Class Challenge, an educational contest that features auto shop classes throughout the U.S. restoring, tuning and customizing a pre-owned car into a showroom-ready, creative representation of their school.
Central and four other Atlanta-area schools are among about 27 nationwide that have until Sunday to secure as many votes as possible.
The five school auto shop teams with the most votes will become finalists and will take part in the next stage of the competition, spanning six weeks and featuring a difference automotive challenge each week beginning Oct. 12.
Just one of the six Atlanta-area schools will move on to compete against top schools from Chicago, Orlando, Charlotte and Northern New Jersey.
Central’s automotive program, headed by Forsyth County Schools 2015 Teacher of the Year Marlo Miranda, has topped national competitions before, and this challenge could lead to big results.
National bragging rights aside, each high school team will compete for a custom spread in “Popular Mechanics,” the opportunity to attend and participate in the Mecum Auction Dec. 11 in Austin, Texas, and prize money and scholarships for their school.
The top five schools will receive their $3,000-value vehicle from local car lots and a $2,000 AutoZone gift card to purchase all necessary parts and supplies for the competition.
To cast a vote, go to www.popularmechanics.com/qsbestinclasschallenge.