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Northview students win Automotive Skills Contest

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Northview High School students (from left) Hunter Collins and Brandon Pogue both won the 2011 Ivy Tech Community College High School Automotive Skills Contest recently. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
For several years, students in Tony Migliorini's automotive class at Northview High School have attended the annual Ivy Tech Community College High School Automotive Skills Contest.

This year, two NHS students came away from the contest victorious, including a repeat winner.

Junior Hunter Collins and senior Brandon Pogue both won in their respective divisions this year. For Pogue, it was the second-straight victory.

Migliorini told The Brazil Times he takes his students to the event every year. Schools are allowed to have one junior and one senior compete in skills tests and Migliorini said he takes averages of tests that are taken throughout the year to determine which students will compete.

"We've placed first or second every time," Migliorini said. "We've been very fortunate to do well in that contest."

Between the two of them, Collins and Pogue came away with approximately $1,500 worth in tools as prizes. In addition, Pogue also received a $2,000 scholarship.

"I'm so proud of them," Migliorini said. "It's fantastic, what they've done. It says a lot about them and the time they've put in."

Pogue said there were several automotive skills test in the competition, including the timing of rotating tires, finding trouble codes and more. He also said competitors are required to take a written test.

The contest is based on a points system. The last two standing with the most points win.

"We wouldn't have been able to do this without auto shop," Pogue said.

Pogue, who lives in Cory, has already been accepted to the University of Northwestern-Ohio, based in Lima, Ohio.

He plans to study to become an Auto Diesel Technician.

Pogue said Ivy Tech has always been accommodating during the contest.

"Ivy Tech goes out of its way," Pogue said. "(The college) makes you feel like you are one of their own."

Collins, who lives in Brazil, wants to go to diesel school at Vincennes University.

He said he was pleased with how he performed in his first competition.

"I was kind of surprised with what they had to do," Collins said. "The nice equipment they had there, how they treated you, they kept you busy.

"It's pretty nice to be able to (win). It gets your name out there."

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I had no idea they still had auto mechanics at NV. This is great news. Do they still have woodworking? Not everyone can afford college. What they learn in high school will have to do for some. Auto mechanics is an excellent and repectable job.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 6:54 AM

They have building trades which, is better than woodworking. In building trades they actually learn how to build homes.

-- Posted by benna30 on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 7:22 AM

Congrats to Brandon who is a Clay City student, Congrats to Hunter as well. This is really good for them and well as CCS.

-- Posted by Partrosie on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 10:42 AM

Way to go boys! Congratulations on your achievements! Keep up the good work.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 12:09 PM

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