Written by Ozaukee Press
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 18:25
Strong performances at automotive, SkillsUSA events maintain winning tradition
Technology students at Grafton High School have continued to shine in a variety of high-profile contests this spring.
Seniors Logan Klug and Colin Weyker joined forces to uphold the school’s tradition of excellence in automotive technology by winning a state title at the Ford-AAA Student Auto Skills Competition on May 6.
The duo had the only perfectly repaired vehicle in the contest, as well as the top written test score.
The competition required teams to diagnose and repair engine systems, lighting, accessories and air-conditioning systems.
Klug and Weyker qualified for the Ford-AAA national finals that will be held June 7 to 9 in Dearborn, Mich. In addition to their trip to the national event, they received thousands of dollars worth of tools and scholarship offers for post-secondary technical training and education.
This was the 14th time in 21 years that a Grafton High team coached by instructor Carl Hader qualified for the national Ford-AAA finals. At the national level, Hader’s teams have won two titles and had nine top-10 finishes.
Schmit Bros. Ford in Saukville and EVS Ford in Random Lake teamed up to supply familiarization vehicles for the duo. Jim and Mike Schmit have been the Grafton teams’ go-to dealership for more than 20 years.
On April 29, three Grafton seniors received medals in the SkillsUSA state finals in Madison.
Awarded gold medals for first-place finishes were Klug in diesel equipment technology and Owen Liebelt in automotive service technology. Spencer Ortyn received a third-place bronze medal in 3D design and printing.
Klug and Liebelt will travel to Louisville, Ky., with Hader, their adviser and coach, for the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference from June 22 to 26. This will be Grafton’s 12th trip to the national event in the last 20 years.
On April 8, Weyker and senior Zack Welter placed 17th in the Greater New York Auto Dealers Association’s National Auto Tech Competition in New York City.
As Team Mazda, the duo participated in a two-day contest involving workstations ranging from brakes to alignment to job interviews and hybrid vehicle service.
The on-car portion involved repairing a bugged Mazda 3 vehicle. Concours Motors in Glendale was the Grafton team’s sponsor.
This was the 14th time in the last 22 years a Grafton team coached by Hader qualified for the New York event.
Image information: GRAFTON HIGH SCHOOL seniors Logan Klug and Colin Weyker (front row, from left) won a state title at the Ford-AAA Student Auto Skills Competition on May 6, qualifying for the national contest in June. They are shown with (back row) Jim Schmit, instructor Carl Hader and Mike Schmit. The Schmits are owners of Schmit Bros. Ford in Saukville, which helped the students train for the competition.