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Hunter Downey: a mechanical life

Hunter Downey: a mechanical life

By Morgan Matson

March 25, 2015

When senior Hunter Downey looks under the hood of a car, his face lights up. Instead of looking at 4000 pounds worth of junk, he immediately sees potential, adventure, and a work of art. For him, engines and mechanical upgrades are beautiful, and not just means for money, but truly a passion that he...

Petrol price plunge affects economy, traffic crash rates

Petrol price plunge affects economy, traffic crash rates

By Dylan Brewer

February 23, 2015

Like the three celestial objects aligning to create a lunar eclipse, factors in the gasoline market have aligned to produce a historic event. Increased oil supply, falling crude oil prices, and the lack of natural disasters produced a record price plunge that has lasted nearly 120 days. The price...

TALON Racing advances in FormulaOne competition

TALON Racing advances in FormulaOne competition

By Johanna Dakay

February 19, 2015

After months of late hours designing and working in the manufacturing shop, Akins TALON Racing team took their Formula 1-styled model racecar to the track in January to go head to head against schools from across Texas. At the regional meet held at the Circuit of The Americas racetrack, TALON Racing...

Sharfaei’s shop

Sharfaei’s shop

By Cole Meyer, Hinsdale Central HS, Hinsdale, Ill.

April 11, 2014

Senior Armond Sharfaei has a passion for mechanical work. Over the past several years, Sharfaei has been modifying his 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited in his garage at home. Sharfaei installs the mods himself and has become an extremely proficient mechanic. He has fit the Jeep with many luxuries ranging...

Racing toward a win — on the dirt track

Racing toward a win — on the dirt track

By Gabe Carroll, Puyallup HS, Puyallup, Wash.

February 25, 2014

For most, flying across dirt tracks at high speeds in a sprint car is not something they can list on their résumé, but senior Trey Starks has been racing for most of his life. “Sprint car is what I race,” Starks said. “It started as a family thing and my grandpa started racing in the '70...

Automo-bills: Fewer teens are hitting the road

Automo-bills: Fewer teens are hitting the road

By Abby Christensen, Kirkwood HS, Kirkwood, Mo.

January 9, 2014

When she turned 16, the first thing that came to mind for Elizah Becker was taking the driving exam to receive her license, empowering her to go wherever she pleased without relying on pestering parents to be her chauffeurs. However, according to The Wall Street Journal, driving is not as popular with...