Students Win Prizes at Auto Tech Competition

In early January, two teams of students from the Automotive Technology Program at the Center for Career Services earned a fifth and sixth place at the Westchester/Rockland Regional Automotive Technology Competition, which was held at the Center for Automotive Education & Training in Whitestone, Queens.

The competition, which is open to students enrolled in vocational education programs at their high schools and those attending career and technical schools, is intended to test their skills, knowledge, and ability to diagnose and repair vehicles during a series of timed contests.

The team securing fifth place included students David Bryant of Sleepy Hollow High School; Oliver Rivera of White Plains High School and alternate Julio Magallon of Port Chester High School, under the guidance of instructor Peter Schwartzott.

Sixth-place winners included Antonio Gonzalez, Jr., of New Rochelle High School; Emmanuel Gonzalez of Port Chester High School and alternate Julio Magallon, under the guidance of instructor Scott Nelson.

Each student received an official competition t-shirt and hat from the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, a Snap-on screwdriver, two $1,000 scholarships to attend either Lincoln Technical Institute in Whitestone or in East Windsor, Conn., as well as a $500 scholarship to attend Ohio Technical College.

Both instructors also received the official competition t-shirt and hat as well as a Snap-on screwdriver.