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NFADA Lists 2015 AutoTech and Tire Rodeo Competition Winners
NFADA Lists 2015 AutoTech and Tire Rodeo Competition Winners

 

Student teams from the Erie 2 Chautauqua Cattaraugus BOCES LoGuidice Educational Center and the Erie 1 BOCES Kenton Career & Technical Center won top honors at the annual NFADA Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition and Tire Rodeo held Jan. 17 in Orchard Park. The competition took place at the Erie Community College-Vehicle Technology Training Center located 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. General Motors served as the vehicle sponsor for the event and provided six 2015 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles for the students to compete on. The WNY Ford Dealers sponsored the front end alignment and electrical work stations and provided two display vehicles, while Subaru also sponsored the front end alignment station and provided a 2015 Subaru Forester to be worked on at the alignment station.

Taking first place in the AutoTech competition for seniors was the team of Brent Bogardus and Grant Hill, with instructor Michael LoManto, from the LoGuidice Educational Center.  

Second place honors went to the team of Austin Manna and Alex Labreque, under instructor Brian Mysiliwiec, from the Harkness Career & Technical Center. Third place was awarded to Talha Mojawalla and Kyle Staub of the Kenton Career & Technical Center, under the guidance of instructors Gary Willis and Gary Carlson II.  

Bogardus and Hill will soon 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 Colin Loder and Maxwell Rutter of the Kenton Career & Technical Center, under the guidance of instructors Willis and Carlson. Second place was awarded to Brandon Burns and Jacob Harms of the LoGuidice Career & Technical Center, instructed by LoManto. Third place honors went to Peter Shaffer and Christopher Jablonski of the Potter Career & Technical Center, under the guidance of Charles Shevlin Jr.

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 2015 competitions have been posted.

 

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