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West Philadelphia HS Students Honored For Work On Hybrid Cars

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The Hybrid X Team with one of their cars. (File photo)

The Hybrid X Team with one of their cars. (File photo)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s another honor for a group of students from West Philadelphia High School who build super-high-mileage cars.

The biodiesel hybrid they built got the equivalent of 160 miles a gallon at the Green Grand Prix last spring. Now, the students from the Hybrid X Team at West Philadelphia High School are being honored with the Next Generation Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics Magazine.

“It’s great when the world recognizes the potential that young people have — and especially young people from West Philadelphia, or any inner-city community,” says team manager Ann Cohen.

Azeem Hill says being on the team has taught him more than just engineering, “All young people are capable of being brilliant if you give them the right thing that they need.”

The Popular Mechanics issue describing the award is on newsstands today. The team was honored along with Avatar director James Cameron during a ceremony last night at the Hearst Tower in New York.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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