Williamsport Area High School students place 3rd in State Automotive Competition

Justin Dymeck and Logan Ertel, students at Williamsport Area High School placed third at the Pennsylvania Automotive Association (PAA) Foundation-sponsored Automotive Technology Competition held March 13 at the Antique Auto Museum in Hershey. Dymeck and Ertel worked with Blaise Alexander Chevrolet Buick in Montoursville to prepare for the competition.

The 20 competing students were selected for the competition through a written qualifying exam, in which a pool of 107 students from 16 schools participated. To prepare for the competition, students are trained at local new car dealerships. During the competition, each team of students is assigned a 2014 vehicle, donated by Harrisburg area franchised dealers, that is rigged to malfunction.

The PAA Foundation awarded the students from the top three teams with scholarships to further their education in an automotive technology program at the post-secondary school of their choice. The PAA Foundation has awarded more than $1,800,000 in scholarships in the last nine years. Formed by Pennsylvania new car and truck dealers, the mission of the PAA Foundation is to support and promote the good works and charitable activities of the new retail motor vehicle industry in Pennsylvania. Thanks to the support of local dealerships and industry suppliers, additional prizes were awarded to each of the competing teams.

Andrew Avissato and Fred Petsche, students at Wallenpaupack Area High School in Hawley, were the winners. Avissato and Petsche worked with B&B Dodge Inc. in Honesdale, to prepare for the competition. Together with their instructor, Mark Watson, they will proceed to the National Competition in New York.

The auto industry’s largest school-to-work initiative, the competition pits the nation’s best high school automotive vocational education students against one another for the title of ‘America’s Top Technician’.

Zach Rothlisberger and Aaron Wilson, students at York County School of Technology in York, placed second. Rothlisberger and Wilson worked with Giambalvo Buick GMC of York, to prepare for the competition.