GREENVILLE — On Friday, it was announced the Greenville High School Auto Tech Team had won third place in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky.
The team consists of Bryan Flory, Alyson Hardy and Jacob Mann.
The team’s SkillsUSA project, titled “Powering the Future,” explores alternative energy sources for transportation, such as electricity. The students 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 Auto Tech Team also won third place in the national competition with the project, “Fueling Your Knowledge.”
Flory, Hardy and Mann have all graduated from Greenville’s Auto Tech program. Flory works at Arena Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Dayton and is attending Sinclair Community College. Hardy works at Troutwine Auto Sales in Arcanum, and is planning to attend Sinclair. Mann is employed with Voss Honda in Tipp City.
As well, Greenville was represented in the nationals by graduate Jondalar Apple. The Auto Tech graduate placed 11th out of 48 in in the SkillsUSA Auto Service Tech category, an all-day, hands-on competition in which participants are given two minutes of instructions and 20 minutes to complete various auto repair tasks. Apple is employed with Erwin Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Troy and is taking classes at Sinclair.
“I’m extremely satisfied with the performance of all the students,” said Auto Tech instructor Jim Anderson.
“They competed admirably,” he added, noting there were 34 teams competing. “The competition was very stiff with all the teams there. They did a wonderful job.”
SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Chapters help students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations excel. The organization has more than 300,000 students and instructors as members.