Student teams from Genesee Valley BOCES in Batavia and Potter Career & Tech Center in West Seneca won top honors at the annual NFADA Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition and Tire Rodeo held May 21 in Orchard Park. The competition took place at the Erie Community College-Vehicle Technology Training Center located at 5885 Big Tree Road, Orchard Park.
The AutoTech competition featured teams of two high school automotive seniors who were put through a series of diagnostic, workstation and performance tests to measure their automotive technical skills and abilities. Ford Motor Company served as the vehicle sponsor for the event. Taking first place in the AutoTech competition for seniors was the Genesee Valley BOCES team of Connor Gale and Noah Burke, under the guidance of instructor Bob Yates.
In the Tire Rodeo, teams of two high school juniors were timed as they raced to replace a damaged tire in the quickest time. Students also took a written tire safety test, with two seconds added to their time for each incorrect answer. Taking first place in the Tire Rodeo was the Potter Career & Tech Center team of Luke Marshall and Jason Rainey, under the guidance of instructor Charles Shevlin Jr.
For more information on the NFADA and the AutoTech and Tire Rodeo competitions, please visit www.nfada.com.