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Two Issaquah High School Students Help Secure Cars for the WaNIC Bellevue Automotive Technology Program

Posted by User Not Found on 7 March, 2016

Issaquah High School seniors Ahria Vazinkhoo and Tom Gibbs recently competed in the Washington Network for Innovative Careers (WaNIC) Skills Center Automotive Technology Program in-house skills contest, and were part of the eight top scoring students from area high schools who competed in the Skills USA regional contest at Shoreline Community College. Four first-year students competed in the Maintenance competition and four second-year students competed in the Service competition. At the regional contest, students competed against other Puget Sound North region schools and skill centers to complete three written tests and perform six hands-on practical demonstrations.

Ahria and Tom are part of the Bellevue Automotive Technology Program that finished first in both the Service and Maintenance competitions. Of the four students in each category, Service students were in the top nine of 22 in the region and Maintenance students were in the top six of 22 in the region. For winning first place in each category the Bellevue Automotive Technology Program was awarded a 2013 60th Anniversary Corvette and a 2013 Cadillac ATS.

The following students placed in the Service competition: Luke Walker, a Bellevue High School sophomore, placed 1st in Service, Montana Rose, a Bellevue High School senior, placed 6th, Ray Bao, a Newport High School junior, placed 7th and Ben Mecham, a Bellevue High School senior, placed 9th.

The following students placed in the Maintenance competition: Ian Douglas, a Newport High School sophomore, placed 1st, Chris Orico, a Newport High School senior placed 2nd, Ahria Vazinkhoo, an Issaquah High School senior placed 4th, and Tom Gibbs, an Issaquah High School senior placed 6th. 

Pete McCue, the Bellevue ASE Master Technician and Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Instructor shared, “Our students are now eagerly anticipating the arrival of these cars at our shop. The top three students from the competition automatically qualified for State through the regional competition. We are awaiting invitations to see how many of our other participants will qualify for the State Competition.”

The Bellevue Automotive Technology Program is part of WaNIC which is a consortium of seven school districts that share Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. These districts include Bellevue, Issaquah, Lake Washington, Mercer Island, Northshore, Riverview, and Snoqualmie Valley. WaNIC's primary mission is to provide quality, diverse, and cost-effective career and technical education for all students through inter-district cooperation and provides courses in Arts, Media, Communication, Design, Business Management, Natural Resources, Agri-Science, Engineering, Science, Technology, Health and Human Services, and Information Technology.