Markham high school students place 12th at the National Automotive Technology Competition

By CRM staff

Toronto, Ontario — April 29, 2019 – Two grade 12 students from Markham Ont. came in 12th place at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York.

In February, two grade 12 students from St. Brother Andre Catholic School in Markham, Ont. were victorious at the Toronto Automotive Technology Competition allowing them to move onto the national competition in New York.

Held during the New York International Auto Show, the National Automotive Technology Competition is considered the most important competition of its kind in North America, featuring the best high school automotive education students from across the United States and Canada.

Vincent Servinis and Samuel Luff represented the Trillium Automotive Dealers Association and placed 12th in the whole competition. “I was excited but also very nervous to represent Canada in New York City,” said Luff. “As expected, the competition was quite fierce, testing our automotive knowledge, skill, and our ability to perform the tasks as quickly as possible. I’m very proud of how my teammate and I finished – it was an amazing experience.”

During the competition, the students had to diagnose, repair and correct vehicles that had operating issues. “Over the course of this two-day competition in New York, we had to diagnose, repair and correct vehicles that were purposely outfitted with faults and operating problems, all while racing against the clock alongside the U.S.’s best automotive students,” said Servinis. “Without a doubt, being a part of this amazing experience has confirmed my desire to become an automotive technician.”

During the show, $3 million US in prizes and scholarships were awarded to participating students and schools annually.

“We’re very proud to be supporting this competition,” said TADA President Susan Gubasta. “Not only does it present an incredible experience for Ontario students in terms of skills development and problem solving, but it is also aligned with a deep need for more qualified labour in auto dealerships across Canada.”

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