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PTEC drives student dreams with grand prix visits

By Anastasia Dawson | Tribune Staff 
Published: March 28, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG — If Alex Schreppel gets his wish, he’ll be a race car driver, or at least working on the high-speed vehicles he dreams about in his classes at the Pinellas Technical Education Centers.

It’s a dream that’s not too far-fetched, 17-year-old Schreppel learned during a trip Thursday to the pits of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, even for a boy who never went to high school. In February, Schreppel will have a degree from the tech school, and from there his life is an open road, he said.

“I never saw myself making it all the way through college, and there was nothing that really interested me enough to even get me to go to high school,” said Schreppel, a Fort Lauderdale resident. “What I did know was that ever since I was 9 or 10 years old I’ve loved really fast cars, and when I realized I could really make something of myself doing what I love, it pushed me into pTEC. It’s amazing how my life has changed in just a year.”  Read more...

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