Newton Teams finish 1-2 in Kansas Student Auto Skills Contest; Washburn Tech team takes 3rd place
Kansas City, KS May 10, 2012 – A team from Newton, KS earned the title of Kansas’ top high school auto technicians after winning the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Kansas State Finals today. Led by their instructor Robert Ziegler, Kenton Bliss and Titus Minkevitch will go on to represent Kansas in the National Finals this summer against other state titleholders from across the country. They also won the trophy for the High (written) Exam Score in Kansas. Another Newton team finished second. The team of Dylan Stewart and Dakota Dennett were instructed by Cory Unruh. Unruh won back-to-back Kansas state contests the last two years and his team went on to win the national competition last year. Finishing third was a team from Washburn Tech Institute in Topeka.
As the first place Newton team, Bliss and Minkevitch won scholarships valued at more than $40,000 each to automotive programs across the country, including the Ford ASSET program. The second place Newton team of Stewart and Dennett were each awarded scholarship offers totaling nearly $21,000, while the third place from Washburn Tech in Topeka, comprised of Brant Morris and Corey Logan, Instructed by Robert Oswald, were each awarded more nearly $15,000 in advanced training scholarships.
“As the automotive technologies evolve, AAA understands the need for bright young minds to enter the industry,” said James R. Hanni, AAA Kansas spokesman. “We are honored to help promote the automotive education and training of aspiring technicians through this annual competition,” Hanni said.
The results of the 2013 competition are as follows:
|1st||Newton High School||Newton||Robert Ziegler||Kenton BlissTitus Minkevitch|
|2nd||Newton High School||Newton||Cory Unruh||Dylan StewartDakota Dennett|
|3rd||Washburn Tech Institute||Topeka||Robert Oswald||Brant MorrisCorey Logan|
|4th||Herington High School||Herington||Jim Blackwell||Trevor MuellerDillon Haggerty|
|5th||Coffeyville Comm. College||Columbus||Jeff Phillips||Andy GreenSkyler Gurnee|
|6th||Washburn Tech Institute||Topeka||Darrin Dillingham||Ryan PetitDustin Weber|
|7th||Douglas High School||Douglass||Brandon Bellesine||Derek LarsonJosh Monteith|
|8th||Mill Creek Center||Olathe||Ken Gandy||Mario De La O GarciaJosh Adams|
|9th||Mill Creek Center||Olathe||Ed Hensley||Christian StoneDurron McDaniel|
|10th||Fort Scott High School||Ft. Scott||Ryan Miller||Dale SavageDakota Crumby|
Bliss and Minkevitch, and their instructor Robert Ziegler, will travel to Dearborn, Mich., to compete in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Finals, June 9-11 on the front lawn of Ford World Headquarters. At the National Finals, Bliss and Minkevitch will compete for additional scholarship money and the chance to kick start their automotive careers with a job shadow experience with premier racing team Roush Fenway Racing.
The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills nationwide automotive technology competition offers nearly $12 million in scholarships and prizes to high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers as automotive service technicians. More than 13,000 students from across the nation compete for the chance to represent their school and state as part of a two-person team in the National Finals.