NMJC Automotive Tech Competition Winners Named
2/8/2008 8:12:45 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. Sixty high school competitors from three states and seventeen different schools participated in the 2008 New Mexico Junior College Automotive Service Technology Invitational Competition on Thursday, February 7. NMJC's three auto tech programs -- Ford, GM, and the Independent Automotive Technology Program (IATP) -- hosted the event.
After a morning of testing their mastery of areas such as brakes, suspension, engines, and general automotive knowledge, the competitors enjoyed lunch at the NMJC student cafeteria while a panel of 20 judges compiled scores.
Results of the competition were announced at an afternoon ceremony. First place winner was Carbie McClearen of Seminole, TX. Joe Bennett of Castle Dale, UT, took second place, with Jay McCutchen of Levelland, TX, placing third. All three winners received a $1000 scholarship from the NMJC Foundation, which can be used for any program at NMJC.
Other winners were as follows: fourth place, Juston Stuart, Farmington, NM; fifth, Clayton Blakeway, Levelland, TX; sixth, Matt Batista, Dexter, NM; seventh, Jon Richards, Frenship, TX; eighth, Noel Albin, Farmington; ninth, David Contreras, Denver City, TX; and tenth, Nick Lesser, Dexter.
The top scoring schools were first place, Farmington, NM; second, Castle Dale, UT; third, Frenship, TX; fourth, Denver City, TX; fifth, Dexter, NM; sixth, Moriarty, NM; seventh, NMJC / ACT Academy; eighth, Artesia, NM; ninth, Brownfield, TX; and tenth, Levelland, TX. The two top schools each received a good quality used car for their programs, which were donated by NMJC instructors Randy Wicker, Ford ASSET program, and Sam Gilcrease, GM ASEP program. The three top schools also received approximately $2000 worth of tools.
Competitors hailed from Artesia, Dexter, Estancia, Eunice, Farmington, Hobbs, Jal, Lovington, Moriarty, Silver City, and Tatum, New Mexico; Brownfield, Denver City, Frenship, Levelland, and Seminole, Texas; and Castle Dale, Utah.
Sponsors for this year's competition include Borman AutoPlex, Checker Auto Parts, Desert Sun of Roswell, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp., Hobbs Sears, Jim Bass Ford, Inc., Matco Tools; Monette Ford; Mustang Country; NAPA; NMJC; NMJC Foundation; Permian Ford; Ruidoso Ford; Watson Truck and Suppy; Western Chrysler; and Ziems Ford.