Teams from Goshen win two top spots, move on to next round in National Auto Tech Competition

Competition was created by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association to set interested students on path to a rewarding career in the auto industry


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  • The first-place team from Orange-Ulster BOCES: students Justin Mitts and Kenneth Kohn with their teacher Matthew Dykes. They'll be working on a Chevy in the next round. (Photo: Dominick Totino Photography)




  • The second-place team from Orange-Ulster BOCES: students Connor McCann and Marco Radi with their teacher Matthew Dykes. They will be working on a Toyota. (Photo: Dominick Totino Photography)




— Teams from Orange-Ulster BOCES in Goshen took the two top spots on Jan. 9 at the National Automotive Technology Competition kick-off, where they competed against 40 high school seniors in demonstrating their skills as auto technicians.

After placing first and second at the Center for Automotive Education and Training in Queens, the two winning teams from Goshen are moving on to the next level of competition on Feb. 12.

The competitors raced against the clock to fix a wide range of car makes and models across 15 different work stations. Four teams from New York City and three teams from Westchester/Rockland also moved on to the next round, where they'll compete against other regional winners from Long Island to be the Greater New York representative at the National Auto Technology Competition.

The finals, where students will win more than $3 million in prizes and scholarships, will be judged before a live audience at the 2019 New York International Auto Show in April.

The nationally recognized competition was created by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association to spotlight well-paying automotive technician job opportunities and set interested students on a path for a rewarding career in the auto industry.

After the results were announced, each of the regional winners drew the name of a car manufacturer that will donate a car for the students to study and work on in advance of the New York finals next month.

Local winnersThe Westchester/Rockland County winning teams are as follows:

First place: Orange-Ulster BOCES (Goshen)

Students: Justin Mitts, Matthew Dykes

Teacher: Kenneth Kohn

Vehicle selected: Chevrolet

Second place: Orange-Ulster BOCES (Goshen)

Students: Connor McCann, Marco Radi

Teacher: Kenneth Kohn

Vehicle selected: Toyota

Third place: Rockland BOCES

Students: Matthew Mazzara, Xander Zafour

Teacher: Frank Pipolo

Vehicle selected: Subaru

Fourth place: Southern Westchester BOCES

Students: Jeffrey Fernandes, Gurleen Singh

Teacher: Mike Ward

Vehicle selected: N/A (team does not go on to New York Finals)

NYC winnersThe New York City winning teams are as follows:

First place: Thomas A. Edison CTE High School (Queens)

Students: Daniel Castro, Roshan Samad

Teacher: Miguel Sierra

Vehicle selected: Chevrolet

Second place: ORalph R. McKee CTE High School (Staten Island)

Students: Jason Hannan, Casey Weiler

Teacher: David Sarno

Vehicle selected: Mazda

Third place: Thomas A. Edison CTE High School (Queens)

Students: Jordy Castro, Lazaro Isidoro

Teacher: Miguel Sierra

Vehicle selected: Lexus

Fourth place: Automotive High School (Brooklyn)

Students: Kyle Anthony, Thazeke Bailey

Teacher: Renato Rosales

Vehicle selected: Toyota



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