Last weekend was the Donnie Smith Bike Show in St-Paul, Minnesota. A great show by itself, but during this event there was another competition called the Chopper Class Challenge: high school students from 6 different schools were competing with custom bikes that they designed, fabricated and built during their school year. Isn’t it cool? The program was created in 2004 after Scottie Ard (Program Coordinator for the Donnie Smith Bike Show) visited Kennedy High School to see an innovative program created by Instructor Kevin Baas which taught students to build custom motorcycles. Ard brought Master Builder Donnie Smith and American Thunder Promotions owner Neil Ryan to visit the program and the rest is history. Judging was done by experts, and you can imagine the joy of these teen-agers, not only to compete, but also to meet with Master Builders like Donnie Smith, Dave Perewitz and Brian Klock, who have been instrumental in the growth of the DSCCC. John Kosmoski of House of Kolor and Kenny Price from Samson Motorcycle Products also met with the young builders and shared the history of the custom motorcycle industry. Lead by their teacher and mentor Kevin Baas, this year the kids from Kennedy High School Class brought 4 bikes to the show and all of them won first place. They presented a 1942 WLA Army bike restoration, a 1957 Panhead Rat bike, a 1947 Knucklehead, and a 2008 Kennedy custom built bike featuring a Sucker Punch Frame, Pearson Springer and S&S shovel motor. We must all be very proud, like parents, of all the students who competed for their hard work and dedication. Now, I suggest that all show organizers invite them to compete in their shows. They need the encouragement not only of their older peers but also from the public at large. And they offer a great show. Contact Kevin "Teach" Baas on my behalf at: firstname.lastname@example.org.