Students from six area high schools revved up their skills in the fifth annual high school competition at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills and winners included two Oak Lawn students from H.L. Richards High School and Oak Lawn Community High School.
Earning an overall first place was Shepard student Daniel Lockwood, of Alsip, who additionally won second place in Written Exam, first place in Engine, second place in Tires, third place in Fluids, and second place in Electrical.
Otto Hartl, of Worth, earned second place overall. Hartl, who attends Shepard also won first place in Written, third place in Engine and first place in Fluids.
The prize for third place overall went to Argo student Kevin Puda, of Bridgeview, who also won second place in Fluids and first place in Tires.
Additional awards presented for automobile talents included:
• Third place in Written Exam: Juan Rivera, of Blue Island, Eisenhower High School
• Second place in Engine: Matt Borowicz, of Justice, Argo High School
• Third place in Electrical: Ricky Sipp III, of Dolton, Thornridge High School
• First place in Electrical: William Lucio, of Oak Lawn, Richards High School
• Third place in Tires: Matthew Blacha, of Oak Lawn, Oak Lawn Community High School
• Second place in Engine: Matt Borowicz, of Justice, Argo Community High School
Participating high schools included Dwight D. Eisenhower, Alan B. Shepard, Harold L. Richards, Thornridge, Argo Community, and Oak Lawn Community.The annual competition is run by Ira Siegel, Automotive Technology Program coordinator and professor, and Bob Faoro, Mopar CAP Program coordinator and assistant professor at Moraine Valley, in partnership with Suzanne Kendryna, assistant director at Moraine Area Career System (MACS), and Michelle Cognetti, MACS system coordinator