by Mary Wimmer
Seven high schools in Ottawa were driven to compete in CAA North & East Ontario’s (CAA NEO’s) annual Student Auto Skills Competition, held recently at Algonquin College. Now in its 22nd year, CAA NEO is proud to sponsor the competition in recognition of the need for more opportunities for secondary students to learn about careers within the automotive sector.
Nearly 100 grade 11 and 12 automotive students competed in the written exam and skills test this year. Teams from Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School, St. Matthew High School, St. Patrick’s High School, St. Paul High School, Mother Teresa High School, All Saints Catholic High School, and Notre Dame High School attended the single-day event. All teams had to write a written exam and then went on to compete in the “Pit Stop Challenge,” a timed tire-changing challenge that had students racing against the clock – and each other.
St. Patrick’s High School students came out on top this year, and CAA NEO wishes to congratulate all participants. This year's winners each received a $75 gift card, and all runners-ups received $35 gift cards, generously donated by the Canadian Auto Parts Suppliers.
Also recently, CAA NEO held the first Auto Skills Competition in Thunder Bay after a 10-year absence. Eleven students from St. Patrick’s High School, Superior Collegiate & Vocational Institute and Westgate Collegiate & Vocational Institute participated in this year’s much-anticipated event at Confederation College. All students wrote an exam and completed a hands-on electrical challenge, in which they had to make three automotive circuits and explain how they were made. This year’s winner, from Superior Collegiate & Vocational Institute, was given a plaque and gift cards from CAA NEO's partners Cineplex and CARA Foods; while the runner-up was given a plaque and gift card to Cineplex. Congratulations to all who participated in the Thunder Bay Auto Skills Competition!