(Program was Suspended at the end of 2006)
Tech Car Show
GOHS Car Show -
Car Show - 2006 Car
Show 2006 Pt.2
Bracket Masters Car Show at
Glen Oaks High School
Masters Racing Team put on a free Car Show for Glen Oaks High School, March
The team had 6 cars, which included one Jr. Dragster, to present to
the kids from the school. Over
300 kids looked over the cars, got in and played behind the wheel and took
photos. In general, the kids had a very nice time.
members, attending the car show, with their cars, were: Mr. Marcus
Bowie and his Black 1967 Nova, Mr. James Richardson with his “Best of
Show” Camaro, Mr. Reggie Jackson and his Dodge Duster, Mr. J.C. Floyd
with his 1989 Pontiac Tempest, and club president, Mr. Skip Holbert, with
his 1967 Camaro. Each team member gave a short presentation on
unique configuration of their racecar and answered many questions from the
Barbara Herbert, one of the drivers of the teams Jr. Dragster, managed the
Jr. Dragster display for the show. Barbara
answered many of the questions posed to her by her classmates.
is a 10th grade student at GOHS.
in the display of cars with his sleek, black 2004, 5 speed, Ford Mustang
GT, was Mr. Vernon Langley, Glen Oaks High School Coach. Mr.
Langley coaches football,
weightlifting, track, and cross country at the school, in addition to
teaching Science in grades 9 through 12.
Ms. Bernadette Lorden, a senior at
Southern University, assisted in the show.
She is doing grant research for the
Rouge SMART Program. The
BR SMART Program members, under the direction of Mr. Reginald
Jackson, assists the GOHS Auto Tech Program by acting as mentors for the
students in the program.
Principal, Mr. Wilbert August and Assistant Principal Mrs. Gipson were on
hand for the show along with many of the other program teachers.
Auto Technology instructor, Mr. Russell Lyons,
who initiated the first car show last year, was on hand for the 2004 show.
Mr. Ronnie Pocorello, Workforce Development Coordinator - Center
Coordinator for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System was also on
hand. Mr. Pocorello
is coordinating the establishment of a new Magnet Program that will
include the Auto Tech. Program at Glen Oaks High School.
of the club members mingled with the students, sharing their knowledge and
talking about their love of racing. They
also talked about education and how racing and the automotive industry
combine to provide many excellent career choices.
Team Secretary, Dee Channel
passed out Louisiana Drag Classic "Media Books", featuring
profiles of all members of Bracket Masters Racing Team.
and team President Skip Holbert,
took photos of the event. You may
of the event
19, 2004 - Glen Oaks H. S. Principal, Wilbert August presented Bracket
Masters Racing Team participants certificates of appreciation for their
support of the car show at the school. The awards were accepted by
Skip Holbert, President of Bracket Masters Racing Team.
Profiles of Students in Auto Tech II (click
photo to read profile)
May 2005 - Kendrick entered Universal Technical
Institute, automotive technology school in Houston, TX at the start of the
semester. He was awarded a SMART Program scholarship of five hundred
Wilman received the SMART Program $500
Scholarship Award for 2003-2004 and is enrolled in the Automotive Program
at Universal Technical Institute in Houston, TX.
Letter of Appreciation
from Southwest Engine Exchange
concerning Kendrick & Wilman.
(Click to View)
August 18, 2004 - Mr. Holbert addressed the 6th
hour Auto Tech class and obtained the list of parts needed to complete the
overhaul of the 350 SBC engine that we started last semester. Mr.
Lyons attended a class on the new Toyota Hybrid auto, free of charge, during
the first week of school. This was a great opportunity for him and all
Auto Tech instructors in this area.
August 19, 2004 - Picked up the
parts from Engine Parts Warehouse, courtesy of Mr. Dwayne Beaumont, Manager
of the Baton Rouge store. The engine overhaul, being completed
by the students of Mr. Lyons Auto Tech Introduction class, is a Baton Rouge
SMART Program project.
Thanks to Engine Parts Warehouse of Baton Rouge!
August 22, 2004 - Mr. Jackson
visited the Auto Tech class for the first time this semester and talked to
the students and Mr. Lyons. Mr. Jackson will head a major project this
semester with the kids that will span over several weeks. Mr. Jackson
and Mr. Lyons are working on the lesson plan for the project.
Mr. Lyons presented to SMART and
Bracket Masters, a East Baton Rouge School System magazine that talks about
the Magnet Programs at all the schools. The lead story, a full page,
was about the partnership between SMART, Bracket Masters and the Auto Tech
Magnet Program. Photos from the classes and the story were straight
from the pages of our SMART and Bracket Masters web sites, thanks to Mr.
Ronnie Pocorello. We are very happy to be able to contribute to the
East Baton Rouge School System's program.
January 7, 2005 - The students of the Auto Tech
Program wrote letters of appreciation to the members of Bracket Masters
Racing Team and the Baton Rouge SMART Program for visiting their classes
throughout the past two years. The letters, some very personal, were
sincere, and greatly appreciated by the members of the teams.
Bracket Masters Racing Team will present their
annual car show at Glen Oaks High School on March 24, 2005 on the front lawn
of the school. This will be the third year for the cars show at Glen Oaks
High. We are trying to arrange a similar event for Capitol High School in
Bracket Masters, working with Baton Rouge SMART
Program, will escort a bus load of students from Glen Oaks High School and
Capitol High School Auto Tech programs to the Spring Nationals at Houston
Raceway Park on April 8, 2005.
This is in conjunction with the NHRA's and the
U.S. Army's, Youth Education Services (YES) program, "Career Day At The
Track". Each year thousands of middle and high school students are invited
to come to a track, during a NHRA National Event, and take part in the
structured activities presented by the YES program. These events are held
at approximately 10 locations throughout the country.
The students will attend lectures by drivers,
technicians and the Army Corps of Engineers, about the career opportunities
available in the Automobile Industry and the U.S. Army. The kids will tour
the track, visiting with pit crews and vendors and witness qualifying of the
300 MPH Top Fuel Dragsters, Funny Cars and Pro Stock racers.
Every year for the past three years, Bracket
Masters Racing Team and the Baton Rouge SMART Program has traveled to
schools in the East Baton Rouge School System and participated in "Career
Day" activities. During the presentation we show a video, "Get On The Fast
Track", provided by NHRA's YES program. The video shows many the careers
available at a racing facility and in the automobile industry. After
showing the video and delivering a short talk, we show some of the teams
cars, which is always the biggest hit of the day for the students. Bracket
Masters has enjoyed this activity, and we are trying to expand the number of
schools that we visit.
Baton Rouge SMART Program awarded one $500
scholarship to Mr. Wilman Montgomery, a 2003 graduate of Mr. Lyons Auto Tech
program, this past year. Three of his former graduating students, Wilman,
Kendrick Lemon and Dezmon Ellzey are enrolled at Universal Technical
Institute in Houston, TX.
Baton Rouge SMART Program would like to award
three $750 scholarships, for the 2005-2006 school year, to graduates of East
Baton Rouge Auto Tech programs. They do not have to go into Auto Tech to
earn the awards. They can enroll in any accredited institution of higher
learning, taking any subject they please. Guidance Counselors at Glen Oaks
High and Capital High will have the requirements and application forms.
January 27, 2005
- During "Parents Night Out" at Glen Oaks High School, the Glen Oaks Auto
Tech program presented the Baton Rouge SMART Program with an appreciation
plaque in recognition of their volunteer service to the Auto Tech Program
and to Glen Oaks High School. The award was presented by Assistant
Principal Gipson. Mr. Holbert, who was attending to support his two
Grandchildren who are students at Glen Oaks High, was surprised, and
accepted the award on behalf of Baton Rouge SMART.
January 28, 2005 - Mr. Robert Lopiccolo,
Science instructor at Glen Oaks High School, and Mr. Lyons, Auto Tech
instructor, teamed up with Mr. Holbert of the Baton Rouge SMART Program to
complete an experiment demonstrating Acceleration, using Mr. Holbert's
racecar. The students had worked on the experiment by running and walking a
18 meter course (just a little shorter than 60 feet).
Mr. Lopiccolo asked Mr. Holbert to use his drag car and run the course for
Mr. Holbert drove the measured course for the first, second and third hour
classes. The students clocked the runs and also measured the distance that
it took to stop after each run. During the third hour class, WBRZ-TV
Channel-2, taped the runs for the Noon News. The show aired at Noon
and on the local 5 pm News. Mr. Lyons and Mr. Lopiccolo were very
pleased with the results, and the students were very happy watching the car
blast down the measured course. Just after the runs for the TV cameras were
completed, it started to rain and we had to call it a day. The last
three classes had to use the data gathered by the other students.
Feb. 23, 2005 - Bracket Masters Racing Team put on their first
car show at Capitol
High School. The students and faculty were very happy and the
instructor of Auto Tech, Mr. Kevin Stuart, was pleased with the way things
turned out. Due to rain, the cars had to be parked inside the Auto
Tech area. Participating in the show with their cars were: Mr. Willie
Beathley, Mr. Houston Hawkins, Mr. Skip Holbert and Mr. Van Johnson.
Also supporting the event was Mr. Marcus Bowie, Mr. Harry Sills and Mr.
March 24, 2005 - Bracket Masters Racing Team put on a
car show for Glen
Oaks High School on the front lawn of the school. This is the
third show for Glen Oaks High. Participating with cars were: Mr.
J. C. Floyd, Mr. J. Lacey, Mr. Reggie Jackson and Mr. Skip Holbert, along
with the teams Jr. Dragster.
Glen Oaks High School was also presented with a flag, representing
academic excellence for the year, by the East Baton Rouge School Board.
Congratulations to Glen Oaks High on the improvement of their test scores
and the general conduct of the school. Bracket Masters Racing Team and
Baton Rouge SMART Program are very proud to be associated with Glen Oaks
High School, the facility and students.
2005 - Baton Rouge SMART Program escorted 31 youth to
Houston Raceway Park to the annual
O'Reilly Spring Nationals in Baytown, TX. There were 12 students from Glen
Oaks High School, 11 from Capital High School and 8 from McKinley High
School, all of Baton Rouge, LA. These students are in the auto tech programs
at their respective schools. The students were treated to "Career Day At The
Track", which is a part of the Youth
Education Services (YES) program, sponsored by the National Hot Rod
Association and the U. S. Army. Baton Rouge SMART is a authorized affiliate
of the YES program, and we go to schools in our area during career day
activities and talk about the job opportunities available in the automotive
Our trip was taken on an air-conditioned
Collier Tours bus with on-board movies. Mr. Reggie Jackson treated the youth
to Krispy Kreme donuts, Mr. Stuart and Mr. Lyons, auto tech instructors from
Capital and Glen Oaks High Schools, provided drinks and sandwiches and Mr.
Holbert provided snacks. Additional adult supervision was provided by Mr. J.
C. Floyd, Mrs. Barbara Holbert, Mr. Houston Hawkins and Mr. Glend McDonald.
For many of the youth, it was their first
trip to a drag strip. None of them had been to a drag racing national event
before, so to see the Top Fuel Dragsters, Funny Cars, Pro Stocks and Pro
Stock Bikes during qualifying, was a great joy. Many of the drivers
signed autographs for the students, including Angelle Sampley, Antron Brown and
Tony Schumacher talked about 15 min. to the youth in our group and urged
them to stay in school, look for careers in the auto industry and about the
wonderful opportunities available to them if they have a good education. All of the youth enjoyed the displays, manufactures midway and drag racing
simulators, along with the Army combat simulators.
The kids would like to offer a special
thanks to Mr. Warren Birkett, Stock Class Racer, and member of the Board of
Directors, Baton Rouge SMART Program. Mr. Birkett was a participant in the event.
He took some of the kids to the starting line during time trials to let them get
real close to the action.
We would like to thank the following
major sponsors for making this trip possible. Mrs. Mary Durusau at Bank One
(Chase Bank) and Mr. Sonny Gregoire of Pro-Fab, who made a special
contribution of $200 towards the trip. Without the support of these fine
sponsors, providing the trip for this many students, would not have been
April 10, 2005 - Tony Schumacher wins O'Reilly Spring Nationals
Top Fuel Dragster class with record setting speed, 4.50 sec @ 335 MPH.
May 9, 2005 - Mrs. Mary Durusau of
Chase/Bank One, once again, has funded the SMART Programs for
2005-2006 projects. We would like to thank Chase/Bank One for
their contribution to allow us to give scholarships, fund field trips,
participate in school career day programs and continue our engine
May 2, 2006 - Scholarships were awarded
to Glen Oaks High School Auto Tech seniors, Leon Morris and Michael
Love, by the Baton Rouge SMART Program, Inc. The $750 awards
were made possible by a grant from CHASE Bank. The awards were
made at the Senior Class Breakfast at the Sheraton Atrium. Leon
and Michael will attend Auto Technology School in Houston, TX during
the latter part of this year.
As of August 2006, the Glen Oaks High School
Auto Tech Program has been shut down. This program needs an instructor.
Mr. August and the East Baton Rouge Parish School System want this program
to come back into existance. If a qualified instructor, a mechanic
with a Louisiana State Mechanics Certification, can be found, this program
will restart in school year 2007-2008.
Car Show - 2004
Car Show - 2006 Car
Show 2006 Pt.2
Day At The Track-2003
Career Day At The
Track PHOTOS - 2005
Tech Car Show
Technology Career Guide