Westlake Surprise - 20 Years of EVT

Surprise Trip to Porsche Experience Center
Gift Goal: $4,000
Gift Deadline: October 28th
Gift Details:
    •   Two round trip tickets to Atlanta, Georgia
    •   Two racing sessions at the Porsche Experience Center
    •   One night hotel stay in Atlanta

Note: The $4,000 goal should be more than enough for this trip, any additional funds raised will be donated directly to EVT. If the goal is not reached, a more attainable gift will be purchased.


Questions and Contact

 If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out at [email redacted]. I am currently a junior at Boston College and was in the Class of 2015 at Saint Thomas Academy. EVT was a tremendous part of my high school experience and Mr. Westlake was an amazing mentor/teacher for me. I hope this gift to be a small sign of appreciation for all of the years Mr. Westlake has dedicated to EVT.


Dear EVT Alumni,

We hope this finds you well. As you may know, this year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Experimental Vehicle Team at Saint Thomas Academy. Over the last two decades, more than 200 students have worked tirelessly designing, building, and ultimately racing their experimental vehicles. EVT has won competitions around the world and has truly become a premiere high school engineering program.

Without a doubt, those 20 years would not have been possible without the dedication, vision, and commitment of Mark Westlake. Mark has constantly pushed us young engineers to excel, but not without some valuable lessons along the way. He maintains that his goal for the program is for students to fail, and to fail miserably, but to fail understanding the problems they encounter and learning how to fix them. He teaches not only how to take an idea to paper but how to build it, and he consistently reminds his students that the best answers are not always at the back of a textbook.

 Over the years, Mark has kidded with his students that one day they will return to the Academy with a Porsche Caymen waiting for him in the parking lot.  To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of EVT and all of Mark’s dedication, wisdom, and commitment, we would like to SURPRISE him with a gift on behalf of all EVT alumni that will at least give him a taste of his dream. This gift includes an all-expense paid trip to the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, Georgia. For one weekend this year, Mark will get to drive Porsche Performance Vehicles of his choosing around a professional racing track at this center.

 The details of the gift are below, and to help fundraise for this trip we have set up a GoFundMe page for Mr. Westlake: https://www.gofundme.com/westlake-surprise-20-years-of-evt
. We would like this gift to come from EVT alumni and appreciate your discretion so that we may surprise him during the Innovation Center Launch on October 28th.
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    • $130 
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    • $50 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Branick Weix 
St. Paul, MN
Mark Westlake 
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