Skyline car show unites school’s students
May 27, 2014
By Noela Lu
Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bentleys and a Mitsubishi Evo X were just a few of the pricey cars that were present at Skyline High School’s annual car show earlier this month.
Skyline’s Associated Student Body is in charge of hosting the popular event where Skyline students are allowed to physically touch all of the cars present and vote for their favorite ones. Held during lunch, this is a much loved and well-known tradition for students.
All of the cars were owned by the families of Skyline students, with each individual car costing between $50,000 and $300,000. The less expensive cars were placed near the entrance of the school’s patio while the security-guarded row of Lamborghinis and Ferraris formed an intimidating line near the back.
The students or “owners” stood by their gleaming cars, or revved the engines and attempted to attract the most attention and, thus, votes. In this competitive school, even car shows have become a competition of affluence.
Some of these luxurious cars were “owned” and driven by students themselves. To put it simply, some students were driving cars that cost $50,000 or more that were gifted to them by their parents. There has always been the stereotype that people living on the plateau are extremely wealthy and the students are spoiled.
Being a resident of the plateau and a student at Skyline, I had always been indignant of this stereotype. However, now I understand exactly how events like Skyline’s car show can fuel this stereotype.