Markham, Ont., students prevail in AutoShow skills competition

by | Feb 15, 2019 | 0 comments

From left: Teacher Jason Rehel and auto tech students Sam Luff and Vince Servinis from St. Brother Andre Catholic High School hoist the trophy at the Toronto Automotive Technology Competition

Two automotive technician students from St. Brother Andre Catholic High School prevailed over 17 other high school teams to win a high-octane skills competition at the Canadian International AutoShow.

Sam Luff and Vince Servinis performed a number of timed technical tasks and worked on a new Volkswagen Beetle that had been rigged with a no-start condition by automotive instructors from Centennial College. It’s the third consecutive year that a team from the Markham, Ontario, school won the trophy.

By finishing first, the pair will be representing Canada at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City in April. In addition to the all-expenses-paid trip, Luff and Servinis won tools and other gear from sponsors.

The competition was presented by Centennial College and the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA), in partnership with Auto Career Start at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on February 13.

Top three teams of the 20th edition of the Toronto Automotive Technology Competition with their instructors. Vincent Servinis and Samuel Luff from St. Brother André Catholic High School in Markham (middle) finished first. They will be representing their school and the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) at the National Automotive Technology Competition. This prestigious event will be held during the New York International Auto Show on Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Finishing second was a second team from St. Brother Andre, thanks to the efforts of students Ethan Chong and Alessandro Albi. Third place went to Konrad Lisowski and Pawel Nikolaou from Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga.

The automotive labs at the two schools, along with Scarborough’s Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School, which finished fourth, will each take delivery of a new vehicle for training purposes donated by General Motors Canada.

Vince Carnovale of Father Leo J. Austin Catholic Secondary School in Whitby earned the Gerd Reisenecker Memorial Teacher of the Year Award, named for the former Centennial College professor and TADA member. The Toronto college operates Canada’s largest transportation technology training centre.

The 20th annual Toronto Automotive Technology Competition receives outstanding support from the industry. Sponsors include TADA, Auto Career Start, the Canadian International AutoShow, Volkswagen Canada and Toronto-area VW dealers, General Motors Canada, Snap-On Tools, Consulab, Canadian Tire, Prona Tools, Electude-Argo, Nelson Education and Centennial College.



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