Tuesday, January 18, 2011

4th Place for McKee Students at GNYADA Competition

The two students pictured to the left, Russell Suffern and Richard Townsley, placed fourth in the automotive competition, sponsored by GNYADA (Greater New York Auto Dealer Association) on Friday, January 14, 2011. Russell and Richard will compete in the State finals and will receive $1,500.00 towards tuition at Lincoln Technical Institute.

Four students from McKee entered this year’s automotive competition with 17 teams from New York City, including Orange County. Ralph R. McKee CTE High School (RMHS) was the only team from Staten Island. Teams of note that were at the GNYADA competition were Grady High School and Automotive High School from Brooklyn. During the event the students had to find and repair multiple problems on a 2011 Toyota. They also had to demonstrate their automotive knowledge at 6 different workstations. This included tire wear, tool identification and electrical conditions as they pertain to today's 21st century cars.

Only the top four teams from New York City go to the state finals on February 15, 2011. At the State competition, McKee students will compete against teams from Long Island and Upstate New York. Two other members from McKee who participated were Josh Nieves and Alfredo Damian. It has been 46 years since McKee High School went on to the State finals in an auto competition.

In the picture below are all four students from McKee. Their names from left to right are Alfredo Damian, Russell Suffern, Richard Townsley, and Josh Nieves.

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