GREENVILLE — The Greenville Elks Lodge was the scene of the 16th annual awards banquet conducted by the Greenville High School Auto Tech program Thursday night.
The banquet was attended by Auto Tech instructors, students, their parents and community sponsors in partnership with A-YES (Automotive Youth Educational Systems).
Greenville Auto Tech student Jondalar Apple was named Student of the Year.
Awards were also presented to the following businesses and individuals:
• The Service Company: Owner Paul Todd, Mentor Kyler Locker, Student Hunter George
• Hamilton Auto Sales: Owner and Mentor Monty Hamilton, Student Ryan Sanders
• Greenville City Schools Transportation: Supervisor Beth Cain, Mentor Rob Widener, Student Brian Flory
• Hittle Buick GMC: Owner Jeff Hittle, Service Dept. and Mentor Nick Combs, Students Moreah Donthnier, Hunter George, Cameron Lucy and Travis Grooms
• Trent Auto Parts: Owner Larry Trent, Mentor Brian Trent, Student Ryan Trent
• Stan Ray and Sons: Owner Scott Ray Mentor Johnny Davenport, Student Jondalar Apple
• Voss Honda: Mentor Brent Smith, Student Jacob Mann
• Troutwine Auto Sales: Owner Jim Troutwine, Mentor Dave Reed, Student Alyson Hardy
• Schultz Motors: Mentor Ron Fair, Student Austin Ferguson
• Greenville Autocare: Owner and Mentor Dirk Wideman, Student Sean Wideman
Attendees to the banquet were given the privilege of seeing the Auto Tech program’s SkillsUSA Project for 2016, titled “Powering the Future.”
This year’s SkillsUSA project explores alternative energy sources for transportation, such as electricity. The students have constructed a scale model of a future fuel station, along with video images, accompanied by three students — Alyson Hardy, Jacob Mann and Bryan Flory — each explaining details of the project.
As part of the project, the students have been conducting experiments and tabulating data from its 2012 Chevy Volt electric car, acquired last year with the cooperation of many sponsors. The school grounds also host the county’s first electric car charging station, installed last summer.
Last year’s project, “Fueling Your Knowledge” earned a first-place award in Ohio, and earned the school a bronze medal in the national competition.