SkillsUSA attends automotive conference

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SkillsUSA attends automotive conference

Junior Jacoby Kerr competes in the Skills USA regional automotive competition on Feb. 26. Kerr placed third in the eight stationed competition, with placing third Kerr won a tool box and a $500 scholarship to PSU.

Junior Jacoby Kerr competes in the Skills USA regional automotive competition on Feb. 26. Kerr placed third in the eight stationed competition, with placing third Kerr won a tool box and a $500 scholarship to PSU.

Photo by Hailey Eilert

Junior Jacoby Kerr competes in the Skills USA regional automotive competition on Feb. 26. Kerr placed third in the eight stationed competition, with placing third Kerr won a tool box and a $500 scholarship to PSU.

Photo by Hailey Eilert

Photo by Hailey Eilert

Junior Jacoby Kerr competes in the Skills USA regional automotive competition on Feb. 26. Kerr placed third in the eight stationed competition, with placing third Kerr won a tool box and a $500 scholarship to PSU.

Madison Ritz, Staff Writer

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SkillsUSA sponsor Christopher Collins and seven students attended an automotive service technologies-based conference on Feb. 26.

Last week, Collins and his students traveled to Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, for an amount of three and a half hours, to drive to an automotive service technology competition and conference.

Photo by Hailey Eilert
Senior Zach Payne reviews the information at his station during the automotive competition he attended through Skills USA. Three MHS Skills USA team members competed at the regional contest on Feb. 26.

Students had to get involved with eight stations they had to revolve to from electrical, to air conditioning and steering suspension to performance of an automotive vehicle.

“It was a lot of fun to see a lot of people come down to the competition,” Vincent Fontanini, senior, said. “Then besides the competition, you’re getting a tour of the four-year and two-year automotive program.”

During the competition, students were divided into smaller groups to work in teams. In order to keep the stations moving, people blew whistles to move groups to the next station.

Collins and his students went through Kansas City on the way back to Manhattan, just to drive through it.

“My favorite part was, my first time competitor, [junior] Jacoby Kerr [placing] third,” Collins said. “There were 42 competitors competing in the automotive service technology competition.”

Students will soon be able to attend the next competition and conference in April.

 

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