From left to right: volunteer coach Ron Shultheiss, students Jason Kissoon, Gaven Reamy, Chaz Johnston, Jacob Allred, Levi Hathcock, Automotive Technology teacher and coach Chuck Wilson and student Travis Bell.
A group of Sequoyah High School students is nationally ranked for its career skills!
The Sequoyah Hot Rodders team of Automotive Technology students placed seventh at the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow National Engine Challenge Competition in Las Vegas… outscoring teams from across the country!
Students Jacob Allred, Travis Bell, Levi Hathcock, Chaz Johnston, Jason Kissoon and Gaven Reamy are coached by Automotive Technology teacher Chuck Wilson and volunteer Ron Shultheiss.
For the competition, students deconstructed a V-8 engine and reassembled it to manufacturer’s specifications. Groups are timed on how quickly they disassemble and reassemble the engine in its entirety. The teams are scored on speed and accuracy. The team's performance in a spring competition advanced it to Nationals. In its three years of competition, the team has qualified for Nationals each year!
“I am so proud of these guys,” Mr. Wilson said, noting the team set a school record – 22 minutes and 7 seconds - in its engine assembly time. “It was a tough week both physically and mentally, and the guys really came through. A coach who has competed for 10 years and has won two national championships was able to watch our team perform one of our runs. He made a point of telling us that in all his years competing, our team was the smoothest operating team he had ever seen.”
Sequoyah High School students compete during the National challenge.