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PATHS Student Wins First Place for Automotive Skills

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PATHS Student Wins First Place for Automotive Skills
Posted on 03/24/2015
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A Portland Arts and Technology High School student placed first in the automotive event of the SkillsUSA Maine State Competition, held earlier this month in Bangor.

Evan Lunn, a senior whose sending school is Gray-New Gloucester High School, won a $10,000 scholarship to the University of Northwestern Ohio, a $10,000 scholarship to the Universal Technical Institute and about $500 worth of tools, according to Paul Fearon, PATHS automotive technology instructor.

About 500 students from around the state competed in the 2015 Maine State SkillsUSA Championships on March 6, testing their abilities in skills that are needed in the real world in 68 event categories. Among those categories are automotive, welding, health care, electrical, plumbing and culinary arts.

In the automotive event, Fearon said, the contest started with a 35-question test followed by ten 15- minute stations. The stations ranged from diagnosing a check engine light on a 2013 Chevrolet car, to flaring brake lines. Then, Fearon said, “Evan also had to be graded on how well he performed a mock job interview. This competition tests the student in an array skills needed in the automotive industry.”

First place winners in each event go on to national competition. “Evan is now able to compete in the nationals in Louisville, Ky., in June,” Fearon said.

He said that Evan, along with a partner, Casco Bay High  School senior Collin Lavigne, also won the Universal Technical Institute Top Tech Challenge earlier this year. Fearon said that each won a $2,000 scholarship. Also, by winning that competition, the PATHS automotive program awarded them $2,000 in Snap-on tools and a $4,000 Snap-on toolbox, he said.