NHS seniors Austin Brown and Hunter Collins, as well as juniors Eli Topie and Seth Johnson participated in the Annual High School Automotive Skills Contest at Ivy Tech Community College Thursday, April 19, and three of the four students placed in the top three in their respective divisions.
Each student took turns attending seven different stations, which included the completion of a written test, using a diagnostic scan tool, rotating tires, soldering wires together, setting up brake lays, memorizing parts of a car and necessary tools and measuring internal parts of an engine (i.e., a journel for a crank shaft etc.)
The students spent approximately 15 minutes per station.
During the competition, Brown placed second in the senior division against all participating seniors from 10 different schools.
He won a $1,000 scholarship and $300 in tools. Brown said he plans to attend Lincoln Technical Institute after he graduates in May, and he plans to begin his courses July 9.
Meanwhile, Collins placed third in the senior division, and he took home $200 in tools.
Collins added his favorite part of the competition was the measuring station, and he said he plans to attend Vincennes University to study agricultural diesel.
"I enjoy building the most," Collins said, "because you get to see what you build come to life. It's got its own benefits at the end."
In addition, Topie and Johnson competed in the junior division.
Topie received first-place in his division and was awarded with $500 in tools.
He told The Brazil Times the most challenging station for him was memorizing and identifying the parts of the car and the tools.
"They used stuff you wouldn't see everyday or have a lot of experience replacing," Topie explained. "There was a table with the parts and tools sitting on it, and each one had an assigned number. We had to write the name of the object next to its number on our paper."
Johnson said the competition served as a learning experience for him.
"I didn't get to finish the stations," Johnson said, "but I will work a lot faster next time to get all the stations done."
However, even though Johnson didn't place in the competition he said he's gained knowledge, experience and relationships from his experiences in the class.
"When I came to this class, I didn't know any of these guys, and now they are all my friends," Johnson said. "Most of these jobs aren't just one-man jobs, and you have to work as a team to get the job done."
Also, Collins and Topie will be competing in the Ford AAA Student Auto Skills Competition, Friday, April 27, at Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport, 2501 South High School Road, Indianapolis.
Migliorini said 10 students from his class took a written automotive technology exam, and Collins and Topie scored in the top 10 students in the state and were selected to participate in the upcoming contest, where the students will be competing for scholarships.
According to a press release, "Each two-student team in the state competition will race the clock in correctly identifying and repairing intentionally installed 'bugs' in identical 2012 Ford vehicles. Once their vehicle is properly diagnosed and repaired, the teammates must drive it across the finish line, where the car will be inspected by a team of automotive industry judges for accuracy and workmanship."
Migliorini also said Ford has contacted him offering an exceptional opportunity to one of his students.
Ford wants to send one of these young men in Migliorini's class to work for a Ford dealership for eight weeks, then attend a Ford school for eight weeks and then alternate between the two.
Migliorini said the dealership would pay for the students schooling, and he said the student would be announced at a later date.
"I'm just really proud of all of them," Migliorini said. "They've worked all year, and it's really paid off."