The Azle High School Automotive Technology SkillsUSA team came home with a host of awards when they competed at the 2013 Texas state SkillsUSA Leadership contest held in Corpus Christi.
In the alternator remanufacturing contest, the team of Stefanie Davis, Walker Gentry, Justin Lasater, Brendan Marcy, and Ryan McCracken received a score of 100 percent along with blue ribbons for their individual projects and reports.
In starter motor remanufacturing, the squad of Dylan Heath, Joshua Simpson, Amber Shannon, and Virgil Anthony also scored 100 percent with blue ribbons for their individual finished projects and reports.
In the engine rebuild contest, Silas Sexton received a score of 100 percent and a blue ribbon with his precision built 350cid Chevrolet short block. Sexton showed his ability to out-build all of the small blocks, long blocks, and one completely assembled running engine to receive the Best of Show award in the engine rebuilding contest.
Sexton credited SRS Engine Rebuilders for their help and equipment used for precision machine work needed for such a quality job.
One contest judge made a note for Sexton in his report; that read: “If I were going to purchase a remanufactured engine, this would be the quality of work that I would be looking for. Great job!”
Auto tech director Robert Herring stated that it is a challenge to come home with 100 percent blue ribbon scores, year after year, but the quality young adults in his program make it much easier.
“These students gave of themselves endlessly and represented Azle as professionals at both district and state contest,” Herring said. “They are true team leaders working together for a common desire: to be the very best that they can be. In my book they are the best of the best at what they do. They have a great future in the automotive industry.”
The AHS Auto Tech team specifically wishes to thank Donna and High View Alternators for their professionalism and selfless personal assistance, as well as J.B. And staff at O’Reilly Auto Parts for working with them as beginners in the automotive industry learn how to do business in a reputable way, The team also expressed its gratitude to Mrs. Herring for behind-the-scenes button repair, sewing patches on and just plain making those red uniforms fit when they do not.
“We could not have done so well without Mrs. Herring as our team mom,” a team spokesperson said. “Thank you to all of those who contributed to our 2013 success.”