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NFADA Lists AutoTech and Tire Rodeo Competition Winners
NFADA Lists AutoTech and Tire Rodeo Competition Winners

 

Student teams from the Orleans Niagara BOCES Niagara Career & Technical Education Centers and the Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Career & Technical Center won top honors at the annual NFADA Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition and Tire Rodeo held Saturday in Orchard Park. The competition took place at the Erie Community College-Vehicle Technology Training Center at 5885 Big Tree Road, Orchard Park.

The AutoTech competition featured teams of two high school automotive seniors who were put through a series of diagnostic, workstation and performance tests to measure their automotive technical skills and abilities. The WNY Ford Dealers provided six 2014 Ford Fusions for the students to compete on.

Taking first place was the team of Andy Plewniak and Matt Foster from the Niagara Career & Technical Education Center, with teacher Jasper Adams. The team earned a number of prizes, including a Lexus Trainer donated by Monroe Community College and the Toyota T-Ten program. The trainer is a complete 1UZFE powertrain constructed to mimic the complete workings of a Lexus vehicle with this type of powertrain. 

Second place went to Joseph Lounsbury and Carl Stauch of the Potter Career & Technical Center, with teacher Steve Walter. Third place went to Louis Smith and Warren Summers of the Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES LoGuidice Center, and teacher Mike Lomanto.  

Plewniak and Foster will now begin training for the National Automotive Technology Competition held at the New York International Auto Show this April. The two-day competition will feature teams from across the U.S. competing for over $3 million in prizes and scholarships.

In the Tire Rodeo, teams of two high school juniors were timed as they raced to replace a damaged tire in the quickest time. Students also took a written tire safety test, with two seconds added to their time for each incorrect answer. 

Taking first place in the Tire Rodeo was the team of Jacob Holmes and Kyle Kutner of the Harkness Career & Technical Center. Second place was awarded to Dan Pruitt and Kyle Staub of the Kenton Career & Technical Center, while third place went to Shaun Riederer and Nicholas Pezone of the Potter Career & Technical Center.

Recording the fastest individual time in the Tire Rodeo was Jacob Holmes of the Harkness Career & Technical Center. Best overall test score went to Kyle Staub of the Kenton Career & Technical Center.

For more information on the NFADA and the AutoTech and Tire Rodeo competitions, please visit www.nfada.com. You can also follow the AutoTech program on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NfadaRonSmithMemorialAutotechCompetition, where photos from the 2014 competitions have been posted.

 

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