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Top 10 Winners Announced in the NMJC Automotive Service Technology Invitational

Top 10 Winners Announced in the NMJC Automotive Service Technology Invitational photo 2/7/2014 9:17:07 a.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fifty-eight students from 11 high schools in New Mexico, Texas and Utah competed Thursday, February 06, 2014 in the annual Automotive Service Technology Invitational Competition, hosted by New Mexico Junior College’s Automotive Technology program. 

The students were tested on their knowledge at 16 different “stations” including brakes, suspension, engines, transmissions and general automotive skills.  Three of the tests were written, with the remaining 13 being hands-on examinations.  

When announcing the winners, Tim Roberts, Professor of the Ford ASSET program at NMJC said, “The written tests were as important as the hands-on skills tests, because the points were so close in determining the winners.”

The top three winners each received $500 scholarships from New Mexico Junior College Foundation, along with several other prizes including tools, tool chests, work carts and more:
         First place – Carlos Sotelo, Denver City High School, Denver City, TX
         Second place – Erik Tristano, Carlsbad High School, Carlsbad, NM
         Third place – Thomas Jablonski, Carlsbad High School, Carlsbad, NM

Other prizes of tools and chests were given to the remaining top 10 winners:
         Fourth place – Jason Sager, Frenship High School, Wolfforth, TX
         Fifth place – Enecimo Romero, Moriarty High School, Moriarty, NM
         Sixth place – Chris Shelton, Denver City High School, Denver City, TX
         Seventh place – Ray Hightower, Seminole High School, Seminole, TX
         Eighth place – Martin Rodriquez, Denver City High School, Denver City, TX
         Ninth place – Hunter Jefferies, Emery High School, Castle Dale, UT
         Tenth place – Dustin Tilbury, Moriarty High School, Moriarty, NM

Plaques were given to the top three high schools, who garnered the most points as a team:
         First place – Denver City High School with 376 points
         Second place – Carlsbad High School with 375 points
         Third place – Seminole High School with 324 points

Competitors able to make the event came from Artesia, NM; Carlsbad, NM; Castle Dale, UT; Denver City, TX; Dexter, NM; Hobbs, NM; Jal, NM; Lovington, NM; Lubbock, TX; Magdalena, NM; Moriarty, NM; Seminole, TX; Silver City, NM; and Wolfforth, TX.

Sponsors for this year’s competition include Home Depot, La Tienda, Lowes, NAPA Auto Parts, New Mexico Junior College, New Mexico Junior College Foundation, Power Ford-Albuquerque, Sewell Ford Family of Dealerships-Odessa, and Sewell GM of Andrews. 

Judges included NMJC students in the GM ASEP and Ford ASSET programs.  Guests included representatives from General Motors and Ford corporations, and local dealerships.

For more information, contact Sam Gilcrease at 575.492.2863 or sgilcrease@nmjc.edu.

NMJC is a comprehensive community college promoting success through learning.

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