Salem Takes Top Honors in Written Skills Tests

Peter McNamara
Peter McNamara

Jessica Dade, NHADA Workforce Recruiter

After weeks of competitive testing across New Hampshire’s various Career Technical Education Centers, we finally have our top four winning teams that have earned scholarships in the written phase.

Ten schools in total will move on to the practical phase of the NHADA Auto Tech State Championship.

Wait a minute, did we say four schools with scholarship winners?

Yes, while only the top three schools traditionally earn scholarships, there was a tie for second place, so eight students get rewarded with money that can be used in any of the Community College Auto Tech degree programs. Ten schools now will face off again in the final matchup before one school advances to the National Auto Tech Championship in New York City.

The top four schools in the written test earning scholarships were:

1. Salem High School: David Jacobs and Garrett Houle

2. Concord: Maxwell Lambert and Matthew Richard

2. Huot Technical Center: Troy Miner and Ethan Adriane

3. Portsmouth High School: Sheavus Powers and Justice Brown

Salem’s David Jacobs and Garrett Houle will be the team to beat in the next round. They each earned a $2,000 scholarship. Concord High’s technical wiz kids, Maxwell Lambert and Matthew Richard will need to separate themselves from Laconia’s troubleshooting team, Troy Miner and Ethan Adriane, who demonstrated they won’t go down without a fight. All four students earned a $1,500 scholarship. Sheavus Powers and Justice Brown from Portsmouth realize that this is a new competition and all four teams are starting at the same point when it comes to the practical application of automotive technical education. For their effort, they each earned a $1,000 scholarship to further their education in the Community College system.

The standings for the remaining schools that competed were:

4. Plymouth High School: Dylan Hixon and Thias Silvia

5. Nashua High School: Cody Gallant and Joshua Godin

6. Sugar River Valley at Newport High School: Tyler Cavitt and Kurtis Lewis

7. Pinkerton Academy: Silas Magargee and Dylan Lacasse

8. Cheshire CTE: Noah Goodrich and Daniel Starkweather

9. Seacoast School of Technology-Aaron Wesling and Andrew Gelina

A special shout out needs to go to Plymouth High’s Thias Silvia , who scored the highest as an individual in the written test.

Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) Auto Tech Professor Jamie Decato and I have been working feverishly to prepare for the next round of competition to take place on January 12 at LRCC. We are excited to have partnered with Toyota to make this competition both educational and fun!

We hope that any of you that are interested will stop by and watch these students in action on Saturday, Jan 13, starting at 8 a.m. Auto Technician Professor’s from various NH community colleges will be on hand to be the judges.

The NHADA will take the winners to New York City in April to represent New Hampshire in the National Automotive Technician Competition at the New York International Auto Show.