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Akron Students Place Well at Auto Competition
Akron Students Place Well at Auto Competition

If it were the Olympics, Erie 1 BOCES (E1B) would have won four out of the six medals awarded within the automotive category. At the Ron Smith Memorial Auto Tech Competition this January, high school juniors from E1B's three career centers swept the Tire Rodeo portion of the competition earning first, second and third place. While two seniors from another BOCES, Orleans/Niagara, won the coveted first-place trip to New York City; E1B's automotive instructors and their students remain very pleased with their overall performance.

Winning first place in the Tire Rodeo were Nolen Sinclair and Talal Elwaseem, both are juniors from Kenmore East High School and are enrolled in the Automotive Tech program at E1B's Kenton Career & Technical Center under the instruction of Gary Carlson and Gary Willis. Second place in the Tire Rodeo was awarded to Matt Hendler of Clarence and Cody Bruyere of Akron. Matt and Cody are both high school juniors enrolled in the Automotive Tech program at E1B's Harkness Career & Technical Center under the instruction of Brian Mysliwiec. Third place in the Tire Rodeo was presented to Tyler Biddeman and Carl Stauch, both are juniors from West Seneca West High School and are enrolled in the Automotive Tech program at E1B's Potter Career & Technical Center under the instruction of Steven Walter and James Gunning.
 
For the senior portion of competition, high school seniors were trained by service technicians and managers at local Ford dealerships. Placing third in the senior competition were Eric Mayle and Ashlee Warren, both are seniors from Akron High School who are enrolled in the Automotive Tech program at E1B's Harkness Career & Technical Center under the instruction of Robert Ward and Brian Mysliwiec.  

The delicious lunch break during the competition was catered by staff, students and alumni from E1B's Culinary program based at the Kenton Career & Technical Center. Instructors John Marinelli and Mike Storms planned the menu and organized the volunteer servers.

In total, 32 high school junior and senior automotive students from various career and technical schools across the region gathered at Erie Community College’s Vehicle Technology Training Center to test their skills. The 2013 Ron Smith Memorial Auto Tech Competition is organized by the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association. The event is named after Ronald Smith, a retired employee of Erie 1 BOCES who died unexpectedly. Smith was instrumental in beginning a regional competition for western New York in 1994.

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