They say kids aren’t into cars. These four kids — the winner and runners up of the Detroit Autorama High School Design Competition — certainly are, and Joshua Blundo going to be utilizing his talent at one of the best automotive design schools in America, thanks to a $60,000 scholarship to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
The design team from FCA US — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles — worked with the College for Creative Studies (CCS) to challenge U.S. public high school students with a design brief: design a next generation Dodge vehicle for the year 2025.
Students submitted hand-drawn sketches of their proposed cars, along with a 500 word essay explaining what Dodge meant to them.
“It’s been exciting to see this competition grow from a local level to now reaching students from all across the nation,” said Mark Trostle – Head of SRT, Mopar and Motorsports Design, FCA US LLC. “Partnering with CCS and Detroit Autorama gave us the exposure needed to attract young, creative minds and hopefully inspire them to explore automotive design as a potential career.”
Joshua Blundo, a high school senior from Moultonborough, New Hampshire is this year’s winner, announced as we speak via live feed.
Joshua’s sketch appears below, along with the rest of the winners, and you can see the passion and the interest that went into every single line. But as great as the drawing is, his essay is terrific:
“The Dodge brothers brought a passion for perfection into the American automotive industry. They could not match Ford’s level of production but they could create cars with heart and perfectionism. In this regard, Dodge has maintained the same values as it did one hundred years ago. The Viper will never sell as well as the Porsche 911, and the Corolla may outsell the Dart, but Dodge concerns themselves with more than just numbers. Dodge makes a car that we, as Americans, can be proud of. They make a car that is created by those who dare to stretch their imagination and had the tenacity to make it happen.”
The judging panel selected three runners-up:
Fourth Place: Dongwon Kim of Homestead High School in Sunnydale, California
For securing fourth place, Dungwon received a 16GB Apple iPad with a retina display, a three-week summer automotive design course at CCS, including housing, meals and field trips, and three passes to Autorama in Detroit.
Third Place: Hwanseong Jang, Bloomfield Hills High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
For his third place finish, Hwanseong took home an Apple Macbook Air 11-inch 128GB laptop, the three-week summer automotive design course, and three passes to Autorama.
Second Place: Conner Stormer, Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills, Michigan
Connor’s second place design won him and Apple Macbook Pro 13-inch 2.5GHz laptop, and the three-week summer design course, plus three tickets to Autorama.
First Place: Joshua Blundo of Moultonborough Academy in Moultonborough, New Hampshire
Along with the three-week summer design course at CCS, and an Apple Macbook Pro, Joshua receives a $60,000 scholarship to the Center for Creative Studies.
The four winning sketches will be on display in the Mopar booth at the Detroit Autorama March 6-8. A hearty congratulations to all the winners.