RHS Advance Automotive Students headed to Las Vegas for National event

RHS Automotive Instructor Tom Gopp requested permission for out-of-state travel to Las Vegas for an automotive show. Appearing with Mr. Gopp were Wyatt Castro and Dayton Byers. Photo h/t Ernie Over

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Seven students from the Riverton High School Advance Automotive Class will be heading to Las Vegas at the end of this month for the 2018 Specialty Equipment Marketing Association show (SEMA). According to class sponsor Tom Gopp, this year’s show features  3,000 new products on display, with over 2,400 exhibiting companies filling over a million square feet of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Gopp said the RHS students will rub elbows with some of the automotive industry’s giants, including Ford, Porsche and Lamborghini and they will participate in the event’s career days. It gives the students an opportunity to present themselves for internships or apply for jobs as seniors.

The students are also getting an extra bonus. “Riverton resident Shannon Watts has arranged for us to go to a Discovery Channel Hot Rod Studio there and tour their facilities. We’ll meet up with him there,” Gopp said.

One of the students heading for the convention, Wyatt Castro, told the board the event is geared toward future careers. “There will be more than 2,000 students and educators there, and more than 200 schools from around the country.”

Gopp said he first went to the program on a Perkins Grant. “This will help my advanced auto students advance their careers in automobile engineering, It is going to be a great opportunity,” he said.

The board approved the travel request. The event is planned Oct. 28-31.