This is the 14th year that Voss has hosted the competition, making their state-of-the-art facility on Loop Road in Centerville available.
“We are trying to help train the repair technicians of the future,” explained Michael Moore, the collision center manager. “We have hired these students in the past and we hope to in the future. We want to give something back to the community and help prepare these students for a bright future.”
Moore added that the event wouldn’t be possible without the sponsorship of Hertz, AirGas – which supplies all of the welding materials – and Finish Master paints, which provide all of the paint supplies.
All the Voss judges volunteer their time, and retired SkillsUSA manager Virgil Neal still oversees the operation each year.
“It’s an annual event that we all look forward to, it’s educational but it’s also fun,” he said.
In the collision repair technology category, Collin Duncan of Diamond Oaks Career Center placed first; Juan Silas of Scarlet Oaks Career Center was second; and third place was awarded to Patrick Worthington of Live Oaks Career Center.
First place in automotive refinishing went to Nicholas Raymond of Live Oaks Career Center; second place was awarded to Briana Brown of the Upper Valley CTC; and third place went to Mathew Neal of Scarlet Oaks Career Center.
The Pat Kowalski Memorial Award was presented to Dominic Findley of Tolles CTC. The award, named for the Voss Collision Center manager who brought the competition to Voss and worked tirelessly to help educate young techs, is presented to the student who exhibits integrity, dependability, initiative, positive attitude and service to others – much as Kowalski did during his life and career.