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North Shore Academy – BUILD Program

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North Shore Academy is one of six high schools, and the only in Illinois, to be awarded the opportunity to participate in the BUILD Motor Mentor Program in 2012.

Founded by The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, BUILD is non-profit organization pairing high school students with bike-building mentors in an effort to learn valuable life skills while restoring vintage motorcycles. Each team receives a vintage Honda CB 160/175 barn condition motorcycle, a $2000 budget and 100 days to complete the restoration. North Shore Academy has the privilege of having its team mentored by two highly experienced motorcycle mechanics, Jason Koschnitzke and Matt Joy, both from the Chicagoland area. Jason owns his own motorcycle shop in Bridgeport and Matt is a national champion racer, has funded the North Shore Academy team, and will keep and race the bike upon its completion. There are two faculty advisors on the team, Josh Haught and Austin Karpola and four North Shore Academy high school students. The team meets on Tuesday mornings, Thursday evening and Saturdays to work on the bike.

On Thursday May 31, the BUILD bikes will be unveiled at the Iron Horse Hotel, and judged in the following categories: 1) fastest bike based on the Dyno Competition held that day at the hotel; 2) best art bike judged by a panel of local artists; 3) Facebook favorite based on Facebook fan votes and; 4) Best of Show. Additionally, the bikes will be raced at Road America's Vintage Weekend in June and displayed at a myriad of venues over the summer.

The BUILD Motor Mentor Program is a remarkable community partnership for North Shore Academy as it provides a highly meaningful experience and will have a lasting impact for this group of students. The restoration and the competition will provide each of them a great sense of accomplishment in addition to the skills they will learn. While we will take pride in the completion of the bike, we can already see on day XXX that the growth and connectedness we see in our students will be the greater outcome of this program.

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