In all, 35 contestants from 14 schools (12 secondary schools and two post-secondary schools) competed for the coveted top placements. Of those students, 18 competed in automotive refinishing technology and 17 competed in collision repair.
Automotive Refinishing Technology, secondary schools:
1st Place: Nathan Pearl, Marshall Technical School, Guntersville, AL
2nd Place: Tyler Tayler, Dekalb County Technology Center, Rainsville, AL
3rd Place: Houston Darnell, Muscle Shoals Center for Technology, Muscle Shoals, AL
Automotive Refinishing Technology, post-secondary schools:
1st Place: Austin Leak, Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden, AL
2nd Place: Vince Pearce, Wallace State College, Hanceville, AL
Collision Repair Technology, secondary schools:
1st Place: Treyson Burder, Shelby County School of Technology, Columbiana, AL
2nd Place: Matthew Dunn, Albert P Brewer High School, Somerville, AL
3rd Place: Noah King, Dekalb County Technology Center, Rainsville, AL
Collision Repair Technology, post-secondary schools
1st Place: Drake Weaver, Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden, AL
2nd Place: Caleb Burleson, Wallace State College, Hanceville, AL
The Alabama Automotive Repair Industry Society of Excellence (ALARISE) will award $1,000 each to the four first place winners to help cover expenses of traveling to the national competition in Kansas City, MO, June 24-28. In addition, two secondary students each received a $500 scholarship provided by DuPont and ALARISE.
“It is refreshing to see the excitement of young students wanting to enter the collision industry,” said Ronnie Smallwood, collision director of the Alabama SkillsUSA competition. “During the past few years, I have seen a definite increase in the skill level of the students.”
Sponsors of the 2013 Alabama SkillsUSA collision repair competition included: Joe Hudson Collision, Riverchase Collision, Earls Collision, Lynn Layton Collision Center, Jim Burke Collision, Myers Auto Collision, Bush Auto Collision, Ace Autobody, Bevill State, PPG, Rozars, Allstate, Keystone, 3M, Shoals Bumper, Alabama Automotive Finishes, Town & County Ford, Tameron, Benchmark Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge and Ivan Leonard Chevrolet.