Students Win Automotive Technology Competition

Students From Ten Pennsylvania Schools
Competed in 2015 Automotive Technology Competition
held at the AACA Museum


1st Place – Wallenpaupack Area High School – Tony Litz and Nick Schroeder

On February 19, 2015, students from a variety of schools across Pennsylvania competed in the PAA Automotive Technology Competition for scholarships and prizes. The winning school advances to the 2015 National Automotive Technology Competition at the New York International Auto Show.

Participating schools and students:

A.W. Beattie Career Center
Markus Quince – Joe Trocki

Butler County AVTS
Charlie Cook – Tom Otto

Central Westmoreland CTC
Garrett Johnston – Levi Varney

Erie County Technical School
Cody Beers – Jeremiah Carlson

Hazleton Area Career Center
Devin Busher – Briana Stefanisko

Susquehanna County CTC
Richard Miller – Caleb Owens

Tunkhannock High School
Gary Musselman – Jesse Reinhardt

Wallenpaupack Area High School
Tony Litz – Nick Schroeder

Williamsport Area High School
David Covey Jr. – Zachary Shade

York County School of Technology
Matthew Arcieri – Ethan Johnson

A team of two students from the ten top schools were selected for the competition through a written qualifying exam, in which a pool of 94 students from 18 schools participated. To prepare for the competition, students are currently training at new car dealerships in their areas. On competition day, the students faced a test of advanced automotive diagnostic skills on an assigned 2015 vehicle with predetermined defects.

And the winners are . . .

The York County School of Technology – Matthew Arcieri and Ethan Johnson – placed 3rd. Both students received $500 scholarships to the school of their choice and gifts and tools from industry sponsors. They worked with York Auto Group to prepare for the competition and their ‘bugged’ vehicle was donated by Bobby Rahal Toyota in Mechanicsburg.


Susquehanna County CTC came in second place – Richard Miller and Caleb Owens. They both receive $1000 scholarships to the school of their choice and gifts and tools from industry sponsors. They worked with Montrose Motors to prepare and their ‘bugged’ vehicle was provided Hoffman Ford.

The winning team was Wallenpaupack Area High School – Tony Litz and Nick Schroeder. They both receive $2,000 scholarships, gifts and tools from industry sponsors and an expense paid trip to New York City where they will compete in the national competition. They worked with Schwarz Dealership in Honesdale and their ‘bugged’ vehicle was provided by Jones Dealerships in Lancaster.

About the PAA:
The Pennsylvania Automotive Association represents the nearly 1,000 new car and truck dealers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It also provides its members with: legislative advocacy, regulatory and compliance assistance, title services, a charitable foundation, insurance, a dealer purchasing online store, and training.

About the AACA Museum
The AACA Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1890s – 1980s in a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. This Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is known to be one of the largest automotive museums. Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles. The Museum is in South Hanover Township, located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Regular admission $12, seniors age 61 and older $11, juniors age 4-12 $9, children age 3 and under and AACA Members are FREE. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. New for 2015 – AACA Museum will be open until 9 PM on the first Thursday of each month. For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit


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(717) 255-8311 ext. 3327
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