East View’s mascot car revs up tradition
Thirteen years ago, Roy White traveled to Georgetown to visit a longtime friend from his military days. That vacation resulted in a permanent move and a teaching position as instructor of automotive technology at Georgetown High School.
Recently, he made another life-changing move: to launch a new auto tech program at East View High School.
“I just love it here,” says Roy, who is currently in his second year of teaching at East View. “This is a state-of-the-art facility. Each bay has a computer drop, so we can hook up laptops to it. A lot of forethought went into the design of the shop.”
Opening the new high school and new auto tech program presented an intriguing challenge: locating a school mascot car to rival Georgetown High School’s mascot car, Eagle One. Though not all high schools have a special car to represent them at football games, Roy thought that having one would build morale at East View.
Interestingly enough, Round Rock ISD came to the rescue. A teacher in that district had been in a collision and decided to donate the damaged car to East View’s Auto Tech program.
“The subframe on the rear end was all bent, and then we had some frame structure underneath that was out of shape,” says Roy. “Basically, it was totaled.”
Because of all the body damage, UTI—the Universal Technical Institute—estimated that it would take $23,000 to fix the car. “UTI students spent thirty-eight weekends on it, donating labor and materials; and Mike Hewlett came in at the end and donated some stuff to finish it up.”
Although the car will never be licensed or registered for on-road use, it now makes an ideal mascot car for East View.
“We don’t take it to away games, but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t want to,” says Roy of the vehicle, affectionately dubbed Patriot.
Since Patriot can’t be driven in the street, it must be loaded onto a trailer, transported to home football games, off-loaded in the parking lot, and then driven onto the football field.
All of these responsibilities, in addition to maintaining the vehicle, fall on Carlos Paramo, a junior at East View.
“Carlos maintains Patriot, our shop truck, and the Ford Mustang over there,” says Roy, pointing to a car currently in progress.
Glancing around the shop, he gestures toward a group of students hard at work. “These students are well invested in the program,” he says. “When they graduate, they’ll be the first senior class to graduate from East View. And I think there’s a sense of pride in that. ”
Carlos received a $500 UTI (Universal Technical Institute) scholarship for first place at the SkillsUSA District 10 competition in Waco for Diesel Technology. He was also awarded a free elective class at UTI valued at $9,000. Carlos plans to continue his education in diesel technology after High School.