Four area high school students took home scholarships, tools, and trophies today following the 2nd Annual Ivy Tech Community College Automotive Skills Competition.
- Gavin Fella, first place, Heritage Hills High School
- Alex Benton, second place, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center and Central High School
- Ernest Volz, third place, Heritage Hills High School
- John DeVillez, honorable mention, Heritage Hills High School
Prizes included two, $1,000 scholarships to Ivy Tech; one, $500 scholarship and tools from Snap-On, NAPA, O’Reilly’s, and Advance Auto.
The competition among selected students from area high schools with automotive programs consisted of testing through a variety of scenarios one would find in an automotive repair setting such as: alignment issues, no start, looking up service information, confirming customer complaint and diagnostic process, investigating check engine light and live data, multi-point inspection, and a 50-question ASE style test.
Training sessions for students not participating in the skills challenge were provided by Snap-On, NAPA, and FCA Mopar Cap Fiat Chrysler Corp.
First place winner Gavin Fella (center), of Heritage Hills receives his trophy, $1,000 scholarship, and tools. Pictured L-R: Instructor Tim Roberts; Heritage Hills Teacher Carl Hall; Student Gavin Fella; Asst. Professor and Program Chair Chris Kaufman, and Instructor Dave Wagner.