The Automotive Service Technology competition at LRCC brought 30 students from NH schools together. They were tested on electrical, service information, brakes, suspension and steering, engine performance, tool identification, and fastener id.
The Gold place finisher was Adam Croteau from Portsmouth Career Technical Center, who competed last year and placed 3rd overall nationally. He will head to the SkillsUSA national competition in June to represent NH. He is sponsored by his employer, Portsmouth Ford to attend, and he received a $1,000 scholarship from the NHADA Education Foundation. The Silver place finisher was Jeremiah Champlin from Salem CTE and he received an $800 scholarship. The Bronze finisher was Alexander Morrill from the Concord Regional Technical Center (CRTC) and he received a $500 scholarship. The Exeter New Car Dealers will be sponsoring the trip to Nationals as well providing a donation of $4500 to the Portsmouth CTE center for travel, lodging, and food expenses.
The Diesel Equipment Technology competition was held at New England Kenworth in partnership with White Mountains Community College (WMCC). Contestants were tested on electrical, equipment and PPE, precision measurement, axel differential and driveline, air and hydraulic brakes, diesel engines, fasteners and torque, and tool identification.
Gold place went to Charles Mewkill of the CRTC. He will be sponsored by New England Kenworth to attend nationals, and he received a $1000 scholarship from the NHADA Education Foundation. Silver place went to Justin Lampham of Pinkerton Academy and he received an $800 scholarship. Bronze went to Ethan Lantz of Portsmouth Career Technical Center and he received a $500 scholarship.
“It was rewarding to see the students take their first steps to achieving their goals,” said Marc Pouliot, Program Coordinator for WMCC’s Diesel/Heavy Equipment program. “It was great to see them challenged outside of the classroom, against their peers.”
The Power Equipment Technology competition was held at MB Tractor and Equipment in Tilton, NH. Gold place went to Nick Kyrousis from Portsmouth CTE and he received a $1000 scholarship from the NHADA Education Foundation. Silver place went to Dylan Sportum of Mt. Washington Valley CTE and he received an $800 scholarship. Bronze went to Calvin Puglisi of Portsmouth CTE and he received a $500 scholarship.
The NHADA Education Foundation in partnership with SkillsUSA believes these competitions are a great opportunity for students to achieve success in their chosen pathway. The challenges that come with the competitions help instill an interest and drive that will serve the students well in this industry. Through the support of our hosts, students can make post-secondary and industry connections as well. Thank you to Lakes Region Community College, New England Kenworth, and MB Tractor for hosting these great events.
We are excited to see how Adam, Charles, and Nick do at the national level. Follow our social media for updates!