Houston native Eloy Escobedo said he was never really interested in cars; he simply viewed them as objects that got people from point A to point B.
However, that all changed when he entered Jeff Wilson’s auto body class.
“I grew a burning desire for cars and everything about them,” Escobedo said. “I am grateful every day that my high school counselor at Kingwood Park decided that Mr. Wilson's auto collision class would be something I’d enjoy.”
The 16-year-old enrolled in the Kingwood Park High School collision repair program in Kingwood, TX, during his sophomore year in 2016, and said his favorite project so far is the one he’s currently working on.
“Mr. Wilson gave me a Harley Davidson motorcycle tank to repair and refinish,” Escobedo said. “The challenges brought on by the curvature of the panel is what has made it so fun.”
The most challenging aspect of his schooling so far has been working with bondo, which is an all-purpose putty used as an auto body filler.
“Any spot of bondo not sanded down to the correct level will show up looking horrible in your paint,” Escobedo explained. “But after putting in a lot of effort and time, my bondo work has improved greatly.”
He added that his ability to paint in a professional manner is his biggest triumph.
“When I’m in the paint booth with my respirator and safety glasses, holding my paint gun perpendicular to a panel, shooting paint with finesse, I’m truly amazed by the abilities I’ve gained in the program,” Escobedo explained.
Escobedo joined the Kingwood Park Science National Honor Society this year and has been a member of the Humble Robotics Team, called “Cyber Shock,” for three years now.
“I was lead programmer for my robotics team and now mentor rookies in electronics and any other aspects they need to know about the robot, such as building, programming and coaching,” he explained.
Escobedo has also been working at Chick-fil-A for a year and a half, teaches guitar lessons and is a tutor for physics students on the side.
“My plan after graduation is to pursue an engineering degree at Texas A&M and eventually become a petroleum engineer,” he said. “I want to use my experience in the collision industry to make connections and help me further my education.”