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Student Jeep builds bring more than $130,000 at auction

Five Jeep Wranglers customized by students as part of this year’s SEMA High School Build Program have been sold for a combined $127,000. The funds will be used by SEMA to provide another build opportunity to the same five schools and partner with five additional schools next year.
“We are thrilled by the results of the auctions and moved by how much the automotive community continues to support this program,” said Zane Clark, SEMA Senior Director of Education. “Thanks to this support we are now looking to expand the program to include 10 schools next year, giving more students throughout the country an opportunity to take part in a hands-on vehicle build experience.”
Each of the five high schools received a Jeep Wrangler in early February 2019 to customize using donated aftermarket products from partnering sponsor companies. Upon completion the Jeeps were auctioned during SEMA Week of Customs by program partner Bring a Trailer Auction Site.
Results for each auction are:

  • July 15-22: 2005 Jeep Wrangler customized by the Santa Fe Early College Opportunities (ECO) in Santa Fe, N.M. Sold for $26,000.
  • July 16-23: 2004 Jeep Wrangler customized by the Comstock High School auto shop in Kalamazoo, Mich. Sold for $20,250.
  • July 17-24: 1997 Jeep Wrangler customized by Santa Ynez Valley Union High School in Santa Ynez, Calif. Sold for $26,250.
  • July 18-25: 2002 Jeep Wrangler customized by C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, VI. Sold for $26,000.
  • July 19-26: 2004 Jeep Wrangler customized by R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton, Texas. Sold for $28,500.

Bring a Trailer donated 100 percent of their buyers fees of $6,350 to bring the total earnings to $133,350.

To learn more about the program and the vehicles, visit www.sema.org/student-builds or contact SEMA Youth Engagement Programs Manager Katie Hurst at katieh@sema.org.

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