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GHS duo upholds school’s legacy in automotive technology with 4th-place finish in Big Apple

THE GRAFTON HIGH SCHOOL duo of Trevor Guysky (left) and Nick Schmit combined their talents to take fourth place in the 2018 National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City. Photo by Sam Arendt
Ozaukee Press Staff

Competing as members of the Auto Hawks team, two Grafton High School seniors took fourth place in a national technology contest in New York City this month.

Trevor Guysky and Nick Schmit excelled in the National Automotive Technology Competition, held at the Jacob Javits Center during the New York International Auto Show.

On the first day of competition April 1, Guysky and Schmit were tested at workstations using equipment and vehicle. They faced challenges that measured their ability to do repairs ranging from wheel alignment and engine testing, as well as in bus networking and lab scope diagnostics.

The students were also evaluated at job interview workstation.

On day two, the team worked to repair a 2018 Lexus ES 350 bugged by experts. They were given three hours to get the vehicle running and all of its systems working.

Using a laptop and a set of hand tools, the students worked on electrical and component failures involving electronic management, airbags and wiring issues.

“For a student to perform regular repair procedures, loads of science, technology, engineering and math are required,” Grafton High auto tech instructor Carl Hader said.

After high school, both students intend to study engineering. Guysky plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Schmit will study at Michigan Technological University.

Grafton High School has qualified for the national contest in New York City 17 times in the past 25 years. GHS teams have posted top-10 finishes 11 times, including three first-place performances. 



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