High School Automotive Contest

High school teams from Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Texas got all “revved up” during Weber State University’s 27th annual Automotive Scholarship Contest.

High school seniors in teams of two competed for scholarships, tools and a vehicle for their schools in the championship round, Feb. 13 in WSU’s Technical Education Building Automotive Shop.

The first round of the contest was held Dec. 5 and consisted of a 49-question written test that covered areas of shop safety, service excellence, hazardous-materials handling and pollution prevention.

Teams that placed in the top 24 on the written test were invited to compete in the upcoming, hands-on skills competition. Students are tested in four automotive areas: suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic systems and engine performance, as well as shop safety and pollution prevention. The teams spent four hours at 12 workstations to set up for the contest.

“Our annual automotive competition is a great way for high school students to see what Weber State University has to offer them,” said automotive technology department chair Joe Grundvig. “The competition was my first exposure to Weber State University when I attended as a high school senior many years ago.”

Each team member from the top six teams received at least $1,000 in scholarship money to WSU. The top-place finishing team received a 2007 Buick Lacrosse for their school automotive department. 

In-State schools included:

    Bingham High School
Bonneville High School
    Box Elder High School

    Clearfield High School
    Davis High School

Emery High School
Fremont High School

Granger High School
Hunter High School

Layton High School

Northridge High School
Ogden High School

Provo High School

Riverton High School

Riverton High School

Syracuse High School

Timpview High School
Weber High School


Out-of-state schools included:

Bear Lake High School, Idaho
Blackfoot High School, Idaho
Vale High School, Oregon

Cassia Regional Technical Center, Idaho
Corsicana High School, Texas

Dennis Technical Education Center, Idaho

Idaho Falls High School, Idaho

Originally written by Cozette Jenkins