Prestige Ford Sends Students to Contest: 32 Advance to State

February 2009

Once again, LCHS Auto Collision Repair Technology program has proven they are a force to be reckoned with. They attended the SkillsUSA District 6 competition at Texas State Technical College in Waco. Forty three students made the trip to compete with projects they had to repair. The students picked a project that would showcase the skills that they had learned in class. The projects included hoods, motor cycle tanks, fenders, and fabricated metal projects. When the dust had settled, thirty two of the forty three students had advanced to the state contest.

There were two Best-In-Show awards given in the contest. The award for Best Custom was won by Miriam Deutsch and Stefani Barrow. The award for Best Collision Repair was won by Romeo Umana and Andres Alvidrez. Once again Lakeview has shown that they are the school to beat.

Lakeview’s Autobody program is thankful for the support that local industries have given the program. In particular, Randall Reed, new owner of Prestige Ford Lincoln Mercury sponsored seven (7) students in the competition. Instructor Craig Baughman said, “the sponsorship of these students made it possible for them to compete and win in the district competition. These students are now ready to compete in the state contest because of Mr. Reed and Prestige Ford. This experience of competing will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”

“We would also like to thank Armadillo Collision Central and The Body Shop for their donation of paint materials for the projects” said instructor Greg McSwain. “The industry support really helps to defray the cost of the contest.”

The class is looking forward to the state contest which will be held in Corpus Christi in early April. They are confident they can continue the good work and bring back the awards from state.

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