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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Chuck Stephenson (left) and Brett Modglin recently received second and third place respectively in the 8th annual Automotive Skills contest at IVY Tech Community College. Both students are enrolled in the Vocational Automotive class taught by Tony Migliorini at Northview High School. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
A love for cars helped motivate two Northview High School students in a recent competition.

"Fixing cars is what I do," Senior Brett Modglin, 18, said. "It is my hobby and passion."

Modglin and Junior Chuck Stephenson recently competed in the 8th Automotive Skills contest at IVY Tech Community College.

Modglin is the son of Robert and Janet Modglin, and Stephenson, 17, is the son of Chuck and Mary Stephenson, all of Brazil.

The competition is split into two divisions, one for seniors and another for juniors. With each school allowed only one entry in each division Northview students had to take their own tests to qualify and only the top two were allowed to compete.

The IVY Tech competition consisted of a written exam and hands-on challenges.

"There are 11 area high schools that had students competing," Vocational Automotive Teacher Tony Migliorini said.

Modglin placed second in the senior division and received a $1,000 scholarship to IVY Tech and $500 in tools. He plans to attend IVY Tech in the fall and study automotive technology

"It was my first year in the competition and I knew it would be tough," Modglin said. "Everyone that was there knew what they were doing."

Stephenson agreed with Modglin.

"The teachers wouldn't have sent their students if they weren't going to be able to compete," he said.

Stephenson placed third in the junior division and received $500 in tools.

"I really wanted second, but third out of all of those kids was alright," he said.

He plans to continue in the automotive class and hopes to back for the competition next year, with the intent of going to IVY Tech to study automotive technology after graduation.

Both students credit the knowledge they have gained to their families and teacher's that lead them to success.

"This is a great class, my favorite," Stephenson said. "Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandpa who owned a shop and I decided to keep going with what he taught me. Because of him and Mr. Migliorini, I've learned a lot."

"When students enter this program they don't know what a spark plug is but when they leave they know how to build a car from the ground up," Modglin said. "Migliorini is great, I have as much respect for him and (Instructional Assistant Mike) Tisdale as I do my father."

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