OGDEN, Utah – Seventy-two high school seniors, representing 24 high schools in five states, will compete for scholarships and prizes in the championship round of Weber State University's 19th annual automotive competition. The event will be held on WSU's Ogden campus Feb. 10.
Last December, 633 students representing 56 high schools from the Intermountain West took a written exam to demonstrate their automotive technology knowledge. The 24 highest scoring schools (results determined by combining the two highest individual test scores from each high school) are invited to send two competitors and an alternate to compete in the championship round, where the finalists demonstrate their troubleshooting skills in a series of hands-on scenarios designed and administered by experts from the automotive industry.
Since the competition began in 1987, more than 8,000 high school students from western states have come to WSU to take part in the event.
"The hands-on competition really teaches these students to think on their feet," said Richard DeMoss, WSU professor of automotive technology. "They draw on their knowledge and experience to solve these problems while dealing with the pressure of competition."
The contestant with the top written exam score, along with winners in the six Automotive Service Excellence hands-on exam areas, will be recognized at a banquet following the competition. The competition's co-champions and grand champions will be announced during halftime of the WSU men's basketball game that evening (Feb. 10). The winning students receive scholarships and tools, and their respective high schools receive plaques and new vehicles for their automotive programs.
In early April, finalists are invited to participate in an educational trip to southern California, where they tour major automotive manufacturing facilities and high-performance specialty shops. The trip is designed to offer students insights into opportunities in the automotive industry and become better acquainted with WSU faculty.
WSU is one of only four major automotive programs nationwide to offer a bachelor's degree in automotive technology, and the most prominent one of its kind in the western United States. The university has on-campus partnerships with American Honda, Bridgestone Firestone Corporation, Daimler Chrysler, General Motors, Hyundai Motor America, I-CAR, Kia Motors America, Sherwin Williams Corporation, Toyota Motor Sales USA and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.
List of High Schools Advancing to Championship Round:
The following twenty-four schools qualified for the Skills/Hands-on portion of the Weber State University Automotive Contest. The schools were from as far north as Vale, Oregon and Beatty, Nevada to the south. Two students selected by their teacher will compete for a set of tools, a tuition waver scholarship from WSU, and the chance for their school to win a late model car.
Bingham HS, South Jordan UT
Blackfoot HS, Blackfoot ID
Boise PTC, Boise ID
Boulder City HS, Boulder city NV
Bridgerland ATC, Logan UT
Buhl HS, Buhl, ID
Cassia RTC, Burley ID
Cottonwood HS, Salt Lake City UT
East HS, Salt Lake City UT
Evanston HS, Evanston WY
Lander HS, Lander WY
Layton HS, Layton UT
Meridian HS, Meridian ID
Mountain Home HS, Mountain Home ID
Ontario HS, Ontario OR
Pleasant Grove HS, Pleasant Grove UT
Pocatello HS, Pocatello ID
Provo HS, Provo UT
Rigby HS, Rigby ID
Riverton HS, Riverton UT
Sierra Vista HS, Las Vegas NV
Vale HS, Vale OR
Viewmont HS, Bountiful UT
Worland HS, Worland WY
Lora Kelley, Automotive Technology program
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