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Next Generation of Automotive Technicians Receive $1 Million in Scholarships & Prizes at 2018 Tech Comp

–Bucks County Technical High School wins first place and moves on to National Competition–

East Norriton, Pa., February 26, 2018 – The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation is proud to announce the results of its 2018 Automotive Technology Competition. The event, which was held on February 23, awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and prizes to twenty-four area high school seniors.

First place was captured by Dominic Carbone and Eric Harlan of Bucks County Technical High School. The winning duo walked away with approximately $261,000 in scholarships, prizes and tools. Sponsored by Reedman Toll Chevrolet and under the direction of their instructor, Bryon Cesari, Carbone and Harlan will now represent the Greater Philadelphia region at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City in April. Second place went to Benjamin Pollock and Nicholas Solina of Gloucester County Institute of Technology under the instruction of Glenn Hubert. The team was sponsored by Holman Ford Lincoln and won more than $175,000 in scholarships, tools and prizes. Third place was awarded to Ben Kovitch and John Dierolf of Berks Career and Technology Center (East). Kovitch and Dierolf took home winnings valued at more than $91,000. They were sponsored by Piazza Honda of Pottstown and led by Instructor Keith Nichols. Every student that participated in the event won over $31,000 in scholarships, tools and prizes.

The purpose of the Tech Comp is to build awareness for the growing need of qualified auto technicians in today’s workforce as well as spotlight their specialized skills and professionalism.  This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the highly-regarded event. It provides the opportunity for elite teams of the finest automotive technical students from Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties as well as southern New Jersey to work against the clock in a timed, hands-on automotive technical skills competition. Students tested their knowledge at 10 workstations and performed a Pre-Delivery Inspection of a previously-bugged vehicle.

The first part of the regional competition involved a 100-question written exam in November. The exam covered the eight National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) areas of the automobile, which are Engine Repair, Engine Performance, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Brakes, Heating and Air Conditioning, Suspension and Steering, Manual Drive Train and Axles and Automatic Transmissions. There were approximately 80 students who took the written exam from 20 different schools. The two highest scoring students from the top 12 schools are those who qualified for the hands-on competition, which is what took place on February 23. Photos from the event as well as additional information can be found on MoreThanAutoDealers.com.

 

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