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Career & Technical School News

Area students fare well in national automotive competition

Students hail from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Shenendehowa schools

Auto NationalsTwo Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) automotive students earned a top 20 finish in the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City.

"We placed 20th, which is the best we have done in the last three years. I am pleased. The kids worked hard," said Capital Region BOCES CTE teacher Brian LaCroix.

Vincent Degni of Shenendehowa and Elison Foronda of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District competed against 29 other teams from across the United States in the national competition, which took place during the International Car Show at the Javits Center in New York City on April 17, 18 and 19.

The annual competition is a chance for students to show their knowledge of automotive computer diagnostics, engines, technology and more.

In preparation for the competition, the CTE students worked with representatives of Destination Kia, as well as CTE faculty, to get a feel for specific problems they would have to solve, as well as performed tasks that were part of the national competition.

The national competition is billed as "a test of skill, a measure of knowledge and a race
against the clock all rolled into one."Auto students compete

"It was a great experience," said Foronda of the event.

His teammate echoed that sentiment.

"It was a really great experience. You learned a lot in a short period of time," Degni said.

The students, who are seniors in the AYES automotive technician program, have divergent plans for the future.

Foronda is pursuing a college degree in automotive technology at Hudson Valley Community College while Degni plans to study aviation mechanics at an undetermined school.

"Going to CTE has helped me learn a lot about the industry and reaffirmed for me that this is what I want to do," Foronda said.

In the top photo, Foronda and Degni pose with Peter Marthy, program coordinator, and Bob Vancavage, president of the New York State Automobile Dealers Association. To the right, the students compete.



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