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Wyandotte Students Win More Than $5,000 in Tools for Auto Shop

Four Roosevelt High School seniors and their auto shop teacher participated in a contest at the North American International Auto Show in January.

Tools won during a contest at the North American International Auto Show in January are used by Roosevelt High School students on a daily basis, according to auto shop teacher Gary Chesney.

Students won more than $5,000 in prizes and services after Chesney and four of his advanced automotive technology students won the grand prize, which included ten Snap-On multi-meters, ten circuit board trainers and four hours of free teacher training.

"They showed me they are really into this (automotive technology) and they want to do this for a living," Chesney said.

During a contest called Tech-Trek, Chesney and his team had to answer 50 questions, which tested the students' and their instructor's knowledge of automobiles. 

"The questions were hard," Chesney said.

The tests were then graded and the grand prize went to Roosevelt High School students, who had the highest average score of more than 300 other students and instructors from across Michigan.

Seniors William Blevins and Hunter Fraley took first place. Both received $100 cash and a Snap-On multi-meter. Matt Johnson and Darian Matchko-Twigg took third place and won $50 cash and a quarter-inch drive Snap-On Blue Point Air Ratchet.

The multi-meters are valued at about $300 each and the air ratchet is valued at about $150, according to Chesney.

Don Schultz February 28, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Good Job Mr. Chesney! The Wyandotte School System has the best Automotive program In the area. The program teaches the basics and the great technological demands to fix today's vehicles. The main tool for today's technician is a laptop. In these tough economic times I would like to thank the Wyandotte School Board for supporting, and hope they continue to fund this program. I have hired some of these kids, and sponsored them in the HFCC/ASSET program. Good Job and congrats!! Don Schultz

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