TAUNTON — Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School is pleased to announce that senior students, Shane Clark of Berkley and Jacob Horsman of Middleboro, finished sixth in the National Automotive Technology Competition representing the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association (MSADA). The competition was held in New York City on April 3-4 with 28 teams participating from throughout the country.

The event consisted of an intense two days of competition. On day one, students were challenged at ten different hands on work stations covering a broad scope of automotive topics. On day two, students were required to diagnose and repair a variety of concerns on a vehicle with all repairs to be completed in three hours. In recognition of their accomplishment, the students received many prizes including multiple scholarship opportunities, tools and training equipment, and many gifts from corporate sponsors.

In addition to coaching from Automotive Instructor Stephen Ribbe, the B-P team received support from Mastria Subaru of Raynham by providing a 2018 Subaru Outback for the students to work with prior to the competition. Technical assistance and training was provided by instructors Manny Martinez at Subaru of New England and Robert Bolivar at Mass Bay Community College.

From an educational perspective, the significance to our students lies not in the recognition, but in the educational value of the event. The advanced training the students received outside of the standard curriculum will be useful to them as they continue in their careers as automotive technicians. The success that these students enjoyed demonstrates to fellow B-P Automotive Technology students the opportunities available to them.