Students bumpin’ at annual car show
June 4, 2002
Spiffed out and bumpin’, Carson High School students showed off their cars Monday morning during the annual Senator Shine.
“They have some really neat cars out here,” said Claire McNeil, 16. “There’s a Yukon that has like three TVs in it.”
Lindsey Harrison, 18, entered her 1998 Dodge Neon in the spiffed out contest. As a graduation present, her co-workers at Deuce Nine Designs applied a black wave-like graphic to the white car.
“It’s something eye-catching,” Harrison said. “You want to look at it — it’s not boring.”
Students also gathered to look at the 4-by-4s as they competed for top beast by driving one side up about a four-foot ramp.
“This is just fun and games for us,” said Daniel Boyer, 16, who entered his Chevy stepside in the competition. “For most of the people out here, this is an everyday occasion. We have our own club called the Karson Krawlers.”
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But not everyone was impressed.
“I don’t understand what the big deal is,” said Madelyn Reyes, 15. “It’s just some guys driving up a ramp, but the guys think it’s hella cool. I just think it’s cool we’re out of class.”
Students were given a free day to receive and sign yearbooks and wander through the car show.
Eugenio Bueno, 17, headed straight to the bumpin’ competition testing the volume and sound quality of stereo systems.
“The people here are more united. They all have one thing in common and that’s the bass,” he said. “There’s just something inside me that likes it.”
Steve Tindle, 18, has that same thing inside himself and set up speakers with 460 watts in the car he entered.
“I just like listening to my music loud,” he said. “It’s fun and you get a free back massage.”
Cicely Valenti, student body treasurer, organized the first car show last year and carried on the tradition this year with next year’s student body president Megan Petterson. Valenti bequeathed the show to Petterson in her senior will and Petterson accepted the challenge.
“It gets everyone involved,” she said. “They get to show off what they’ve got.”
Valenti is pleased to know the tradition will carry on after she graduates this year.
“I worked so hard on so many school activities while I was here,” Valenti said. “I think it’s really cool to know I left my mark.”
Results of Senator Shine —
First place: Robby Liebherr, sophomore
Second place: Bryan Upton, junior
Third place: Chris Barr, senior
First place: Stuart Law, junior
Second place: Tim Walsh, junior
Third place: Dane Weiler, junior
First place: Josh Groth, senior
Second place: Kevin Law, sophomore
Third place: Scotty Walker, junior
First place: Morgan Kugler, junior
Second place: Brandon Ramirez, sophomore
Third place: Luis Mayoral, junior
First place: Michael Findley, senior
Second place: Steven McQuirk, junior
Third place: Tiffany Alm, junior
First place: Gerad Reed, junior
Second place: Alan Wooldridge, junior
Third place: Shannon Chandler, junior
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