Grafton High team has no peer when it comes to tech mastery
For an unprecedented fifth consecutive year, a Grafton High School Advanced Auto Tech team has won the Auto Dealers Association of Mega Milwaukee Technicians of Tomorrow Competition.
The team of Trevor Krause and Garrett Mehre, which outscored finalists from four other high schools in last week’s competition, will now compete as the ADAMM Team Wisconsin in the National Automotive Technology Competition at the New York International Auto Show in New York City on April 18 and 19.
With the victory, the Grafton High Advanced Auto Tech program became the first of its type to win the ADAMM competition five consecutive times, automotive teacher Carl Hader said.
“It’s unprecedented,” he said.
A testament to the reputation of the program, Mehre, a Port Washington High School senior, and Krause, a senior at Ozaukee High School in Fredonia, opted to enroll in the Grafton automotive program under the state’s open enrollment system.
“They come here just for the first two hours of the day,” Hader said.
The ADAMM competition began with a written test. Krause and Mehre had the two highest scores in the competition, Hader said.
“Those scores only got our foot in the door,” he said.
The hands-on portion of the competition took place last week at the Milwaukee Area Technical College Oak Creek Campus, where students were tested in the area of brakes, steering and suspension, electrical systems, parts identification and vehicle diagnosis and customer billing.
Competitors also had to repair a “bugged” 2017 Chrysler 200 Limited.
Hader said his students have the opportunity to practice on cars thanks to partnerships with local dealerships. This year, Five Corners Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Ram in the Town of Cedarburg loaned Grafton High School a car.
“The competition was fierce and the final scores were close, but we pulled it off,” Hader said.
He noted that 2001 Grafton High graduate Dan Young, who competed in the ADAMM competition as a Grafton student and is now a MATC automotive instructor, helped organize last week’s competition.
“Not the first tech-ed instructor to have graduated from GHS, just the most recent,” Hader said.
For winning the ADAMM competition, Mehre and Krause will receive certificates for $3,000 worth of tools from Snap-On Corp. and technical college scholarships from the Wisconsin Auto and Truck Dealers Association.
In addition, ADAMM will pay for travel to New York, hotel rooms and meals for Mehre, Krause and Hader.
Grafton High School automotive teams have won the national competition three times, Hader said.
FLANKED BY THEIR teacher Carl Hader, Grafton High School Advanced Auto Tech students Garrett Mehre (center) and Trevor Krause (right) displayed the plaque and trophy they received for winning the 2017 Auto Dealers Association of Mega Milwaukee Technicians of Tomorrow Competition last week. Mehre and Krause will compete in the National Automotive Technology Competition at the New York International Auto Show in New York City on April 18 and 19. This is the fifth consecutive year a Grafton High automotive team has won the ADAMM competition. Photo by Sam Arendt