The vocational automotive mechanic students took top honors again.
Recently, Northview High School senior Charles Stephenson and Clay City Jr./Sr. High School junior Brandon Pogue placed second and first in their respective categories at the annual Automotive Skills contest at IVY Tech Community College.
"Students come from all over," Instructor Tony Migliorini said. "Each high school sends only their best students to compete."
The contest, which took place April 15, is split into two divisions, one for seniors and another for juniors. It consists of a written exam and hands-on challenges but it was nothing compared to what the automotive students in Migliorini's class had to do to get there.
In order to even be given the chance to go to the competition, students had to take their own test. Only the top junior and senior in the class would be able to enter the competition.
"I'm proud of these guys," Migliorini said. "They are not only competing against other students but against other programs."
Stephenson, the son of Charles and Mary Stephenson, Brazil, competed in the junior division last year and placed third, this year he placed second in the senior division and received a $1,000 scholarship.
With graduation only weeks away, he has chosen to further his education by attending the University of Northwestern Ohio and study auto mechanics in the fall.
"I like this class because it is hard," Stephenson said. "Everything in the class is what is used in the field. I will be using this same equipment when I start college that I'm using now. It will give me a step above the other students."
Northview principal Tim Rayle agreed with Stephenson.
"Our auto mechanics program is top-notch. (Mr. Tony) Migliorini emphasizes skills needed for success in the industry," Rayle said. "These results are indicative of the fact that students leave our auto mechanics program prepared to enter the job market."
Pogue, the son of James and Tammy Pogue, Cory, placed first in his division and is looking forward to next year.
"I will be taking this class again next year and I hope to be able to go to the competition again," he said. "If you want to get into the automotive field, then this class is great."
Both Stephenson and Pogue will be using the knowledge they have learned in their class in the future.
"At the beginning of the year you learn the basics," Pogue said. "By the end of the year you are diagnosing engine performance."
The class is only open to juniors and seniors from both high schools, the "classroom" is at Northview. It isn't a typical textbook class, students receive hands on experience working with real automobiles.
"I prefer this class to the other classes I have to take," Pogue said. "I'm learning about something that I'm going to use someday."
The class incorporates many other fields of study such as math and science, but it is working with their hands to accomplish their tasks that the students enjoy.
"Not everyone can come in here and do what we do," Stephenson said. "I like this class because of its content but also because of (Migliorini). He's my favorite teacher."
This year Instructional Assistant Kent Bass joined the students and he has fit in well.
"He's a quick learner and always supplies us with plenty of jobs to do," Stephenson said.
There will be a hot rod open house from 4-7 p.m., May 6, at the auto mechanics shop at Northview. The cars on display will be by invitation only, but the public is invited attend.