Crestview HS Automotive Program Students Attend SEMA Show

Crestview HS Automotive Program Students Attend SEMA Show

As a senior in high school, having the opportunity to attend an international trade event is a chance of a lifetime, especially when you are passionate about the product. Three Crestview High School seniors in the Automotive Program and their instructor, David Welch, had this opportunity by attending the SEMA Show in November.

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place—the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more. 

David Welch, Nick Penberthy, Joseph Bunnicelli, and Kyle Behrens were four individuals out of the more than 70,000 people who attended the show this year. Welch and his students had the opportunity to preview over 3,000 newly introduced products, visit more than 2,400 exhibits, see 1,500 of the coolest vehicles on the planet parade through the Las Vegas Convention Center, and meet celebrities from the automotive industry. 

Senior automotive student, Kyle Behrens, said, “My experience at SEMA was a once in a lifetime experience. The venues I saw and the connections I made instantly confirmed for me that I wanted to be an automotive technician. There were so many different areas of automotive that I had no knowledge of beforehand. One thing that surprised me was how well I was able to approach and talk to the people and businesses attending SEMA. They really had an interest in me and my classmates and gave me a sense of purpose that I could have a future with any one of these businesses. No matter what I do moving forward, I will always appreciate the time I spent at SEMA and will never forget it.”

Giving students the chance to see the wide variety of automotive careers opportunities was a key factor as to why the Automotive Instructor took his students to the SEMA Show. “This show gave my students the opportunity to see the value of what I teach them every day in the classroom, from the automotive technician training to professionalism, and how it can be applied to their career. My students experienced firsthand how critical it is to learn all aspects of the automotive field,” said Welch. 

The three students and the instructor held fundraisers throughout the year, from car washes to business donations, to raise money to attend the show. Welch looks forward to continuing to provide this learning experience to his advanced automotive students in the future and is always interested in partnerships with his program. 

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