Students Gets Poster Awards from NAIAS

By Raymond Rolak

The North American International Auto Show will be open to the public starting Saturday January 19, and running until Sunday January 27, 2019 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.

The NAIAS is an automotive event unlike any other. At NAIAS you have the opportunity to see up-close the vehicles and technologies that will shape the future automotive landscape. From muscle and electric cars, to high-performance supercars and full-size trucks, NAIAS has something for everyone to enjoy.

NAIAS recently announced the winners of the 31st annual poster contest. This was a creative competition that drew more than 750 entries from 58 Michigan schools. Open to Michigan sophomore, junior, and senior students, the contest is designed to give young artists the chance to be part of one of the largest auto shows in the world while gaining experience in creative competition.

Elizabeth Lu, a 12th grade student at Plymouth-Canton-Salem High School complex won the Chairman’s Award – the grand prize of the competition – earning $1,000. Savannah Bachert, a 12th grade student at Careerline Tech Center in Holland, Michigan was awarded $1,000 for the State Farm Award. Sally Salkowski, graphic design Instructor for CTC, said the students executed their winning posters in very different styles that still both have that magical effect of catching the viewer’s eye and interest.”

Lu and Bachert’s winning posters will be posted on the NAIAS website and displayed during the NAIAS. Bill Golling, 2019 NAIAS Chairman said, “Each submission showcased the student’s ability to use their imagination and create something entirely their own. Picking winners was certainly a tough decision.” The winning posters will also be featured in the official NAIAS program.

There will be media and industry previews this week. The show will include displays on new automotive concepts featuring mobility manufacturing, connectivity, cybersecurity and urbanization through autonomy. Another key feature for young people is the scope and potential for keeping up with the demand for mobility talent in the automotive world.

2 for 1 – Offer

The Detroit Red Wings and NAIAS enthusiasts are invited to enjoy a two-for-one opportunity to experience the best of the Motor City, sports and cars.

Purchase a ticket to the Tuesday, Jan. 15 Red Wings game against the Anaheim Ducks (start time 7:30 p.m.), and get a ticket to the 2019 NAIAS. The special NAIAS/Red Wings ticket package includes seating in: Lower Level Corners, rows 17 and above; Upper Level, rows 1-7 and the Labatt Blue Club. It will be the only chance to see Livonia native Ryan Kesler play in Detroit.

To purchase tickets, visit Use the promo code: AUTOSHOW

Adjacent Industry Event

The Automotive World Congress sponsored by the Automotive News will be running January 15-17, featuring keynotes from industry leaders at the Marriot Hotel at the Ren-Cen.

2019 NAIAS Dates:

Press Preview: Monday – Tuesday, January 14-15

IndyCar Announcement – Tuesday, Jan. 15, noon

AutoMobili-D: Monday – Thursday, January 14-17

Industry Preview: Wednesday – Thursday, January 16-17

Charity Preview: Friday, January 18 (Special Ticket)

Public Show: Saturday – Sunday, January 19-27

Student Education Day – Wednesday January 23