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Sullivan High Schoolers Create American Record Eco-Car

How would you like to get more than one thousand miles per gallon? A club at Sullivan High School created a prototype that did just that this past weekend.
Most schools in the Shell Eco-Marathon Competition have teams comprised of fifteen to twenty students. The No Spark Plug Allowed team only has four.

"Everyone else is always asking, "where's the rest of your team?" well this is us. We're normally the smallest team there and we're definitely some of the hardest working there," explained Sullivan HS Senior and club member, Kynon Johnosn.

It's a reason why their achievement is so special. The team not only won the Diesel-Powered Prototype category, their vehicle also raced into the American record books with a score of 1,899 miles per gallon. But the accomplishments don't stop there.

"The car's going to Henry Ford Museum in Detroit," said Brandon Small, the No Spark Plug Allowed's advisor. "Shell is going to do an unveiling of our car with the new diesel truck technology that they have. The team is actually flying out today. So we're pretty excited about that."

The prototype first made a pit stop at Sullivan High School on the bed of the brand new eco-fueled diesel Dodge Ram. Both the school and community celebrated their amazing feat and Mayor Clint Lamb even presented the team with a special gift.

"I, Sullivan Mayor, Clint D. Lamb, proclaim this 30th day of April, 2014, as super mileage team day in the city of Sullivan, Indiana."

The No Spark Plug Allowed club is an after school club. So the members of the team must juggle their schoolwork along with other extracurricular activities.

"A lot of them are taking advanced placement classes," Small added. "A lot of them are sports. To get the time to come and work with the team as well is tough. It's a balancing act and they do a great job with it."

Senior Kynon Johnson, who also starred on the football team, set a 2,000 mile per gallon goal. While he fell short, he was satisfied to know it wasn't as far away as he suspected.

Kynon said, "I went out on my last run, did a bunch of changes, not expecting anything better. But it turned out to be 1899 and it was such a great feeling knowing i was that close to my goal that i thought was completely far away."

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