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Denver City High Wins NMJC Automotive Invitational Competition

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Denver City High School Team - 1st Place

2/9/2018 5:05:59 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

Over 60 high school students from 11 high schools in three states competed in the 2018 New Mexico Junior College Automotive Invitational Competition, Thursday, February 8, hosted by NMJC’s Automotive Technology program. 

Denver City High School won first place for the top automotive team, collecting the most points as a team.  Second place was Lubbock ISD, representing Coronado High and Monterey High. Third place was NMJC‘s ACTA (Advanced Career Tech Academy) program.

The top three individuals each received a $500 scholarship from New Mexico Junior College Foundation, along with several prizes including tools, tool chests, work carts, and more:

  • First place – Joseph Valverde from Denver City High School, Denver City, TX
  • Second place – Brandon Pierce from Denver City High School, Denver City, TX
  • Third place – Gabriel Duque from Hereford High School, Hereford, TX

Other prizes of tools and chests were given to the remaining top 10 winners:

  • Fourth place – Sean Carver from Hereford High School, Hereford, TX
  • Fifth place – Jaden Gortney from Monterey High School, Lubbock, TX
  • Sixth place – David Davis from NMJC/ACTA program, Hobbs, NM
  • Seventh place – Mark Enns from Seminole High Schools, Seminole, TX
  • Eighth place – Chris Montemayor from Coronado High School, Lubbock, TX
  • Ninth place – Trenton Stailey from Silver High School, Silver City, NM
  • Tenth place – James Akin from NMJC/ACTA program, Hobbs, NM

Competitors attended from Carlsbad, NM; Denver City, NM; Dimmitt, TX; Castle Dale, UT; Hereford, TX; Lubbock, TX; Seminole, TX; Silver City, TX; and Hobbs, NM. Students were tested in their skills with various parts of automobiles, along with written tests.

Sponsors include Advanced Auto Parts, AutoZone, Fastenal, NAPA, and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Other representatives that were in attendance include Ford Motor Company, Rich Ford of Albuquerque, Carlsbad Ford of Carlsbad, and Sewell Ford and Sewell Chevrolet of Odessa.

For more information, contact Kelley Williams, Professor of the Ford ASSET program: kwilliams@nmjc.eduor 575-492-2865.

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