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Winners announced for SkillsUSA competitions in diesel and automotive

The Automotive and Diesel Technology Program at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College recently hosted two SkillsUSA competitions for high school students.

On March 6, students from Fauquier High School and Triplett Tech participated in the SkillsUSA Diesel Competition which consisted of a written test and three work stations. Tyler Newman of Fauquier High School was the winner. The judges were diesel instructor Derek Bryant, Automotive and Diesel Program Head John Hicks, automotive instructor Gary Phares and volunteer Alex Sallwey.

On March 8, the campus hosted the SkillsUSA Automotive Competition with 15 participants from four high schools. The competition consisted of a written test and four work stations in two categories, automotive service and automotive maintenance.

Jesse Rakestraw of Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center was the first place winner in automotive service, with Jonathan Miranda of C.D. Hylton High School taking second place and James Allen of Northern Neck Technical Center coming in third.

In the automotive maintenance category, Seth Magee of Northern Neck Technical Center won first place, Michael Harris of C.D. Hylton High School earned second place, and Bryon Carey of Northern Neck Technical Center took third place.

This year’s prizes were awarded by Pete Lemieux of Snap-On Tools and Autozone Auto Parts. Automotive instructors Myles Embrey and Tim Godfrey joined Hicks, Phares and Sallwey as judges for the automotive competition.

This was the first time NOVA-Manassas has held the regional SkillsUSA Diesel Competition but the campus has organized and hosted the SkillsUSA Automotive Competition for at least 16 years. To learn more, contact Phares at gphares@nvcc.edu.

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