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BOCES students win top honors

ERIE COUNTY — Students from a number of Western New York Board of Cooperative Educational Services programs took part in a recent automotive competition.

Teams from Orleans Niagara BOCES Niagara Career and Technical Education Centers and Erie I BOCES Harkness Career and Technical Center took home top honors, in the annual Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association Ron Smith Memorial Auto Tech Competition and Tire Rodeo, held Jan. 18 at the Erie Community College Vehicle Technology Training Center in Orchard Park.

The competition featured teams of two high school automotive seniors. who were put through a series of diagnostic, workstation and performance tests to measure their automotive technical skills and abilities.

Taking first place was the team of Andy Plewniak and Matt Foster, from the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center, with second place going to Joseph Lounsbury and Carl Stauch of the Potter Career and Technical Center.

The team of Louis Smith and Warren Summers, of the Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, took third place.

In the tire rodeo, teams of two high school juniors were timed, as they raced to replace a damaged tire in the shortest amount of time.

Taking first in the tire rodeo was Jacob Holmes, of the Harkness Career and Technical Center.

The best overall test score went to Kyle Staub, of the Kenton Career and Technical Center.


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