Orange-Ulster BOCES team finishes third in Auto Tech Tourney
Connor McCann and Marco Radi worked on a Toyota: Instructor Matthew Dykes wins Outstanding Supporter Award


Students Connor McCann and Marco Radi with their prizes, flanked on the left by Oliver Brodlieb, dealer principal at East Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association Education Committee chair, and on the right by Mark Schienberg, president of the association. (Photo courtesy of Dominick Totino Photography)

GOSHEN — The team from Orange-Ulster BOCES finished third in the second round of the National Automotive Technology Tournament, held in Queens on Feb. 12.
Students Connor McCann and Marco Radi worked on a Toyota vehicle donated by Johnstons Toyota. They won $500 in prize money.
Matthew Dykes, their instructor, won the 2019 Outstanding Supporter of Automotive Education Award.
Twelve teams of high school students from New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, and Rockland County went head-to head in a competition to fix car engines and other key vehicle operating systems. They competed for $3 million in prizes and scholarships, which will be awarded at the New York International Auto Show.
Each team worked on a different car make and model donated by a local New York auto dealer. The finalists drew the names of their vehicles during the first round of competition.
The second round was held at Lincoln Tech in the Center for Automotive Education and Training in Whitestone, Queens. It was the last before the National Auto Tech Competition finals, which will be judged before a live audience at the 2019 New York International Auto Show in April.
Only the top team will move on to compete at the Auto Show against 29 teams from around the country. The top three teams received prizes.
The winning team was from Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School in Jamaica, Queens. Students Jordy Castro and Lazaro Isidoro won $2,000 in prize money, in addition to moving on to the finals.
The second place team was Matthew Bizzaro and Jordan Hallen from Wilson-Tech Northport (Long Island). They won $1,000 in prize money.
The nationally recognized competition was created by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, based in Queens, to draw attention to well-paying automotive technician job opportunities and set interested students on a path for a rewarding career in the auto industry.
See related story at chroniclenewspaper.com, "Teams from Goshen win two top spots, move on to next round in National Auto Tech Competition."