Automotive students compete at Skills USA regionals competition


Morgan Horgrow

The Automotive service program competed at the regional SkillsUSA competition.

Daniel Lee, News Editor

On Feb. 3, Huron’s automotive service program students, as a part of the IB Career Related Programs, competed at the SkillsUSA regional competition held at Washtenaw Community College. Huron was part of the Region2-West group, which included five districts in the southwest of the state. 


The SkillsUSA competition comprises three main events, including “Culinary Arts, Baking, and Restaurant Service,” “Welding,” and “Automotive,” which Huron students participated in. The regionals covered all 12 segments of automotive service skills that Huron’s program teaches. 


Among a number of students who excelled in the competition, Lincoln Kowalk, junior at Skyline who is part of the Huron’s program, took third place in the “Maintenance and Light Repair” event. 


“He received a scholarship from Washtenaw Community College that is stackable if he earns another one at regionals next year,” Huron’s automotive service teacher Vincent Snyder said. “We are very happy for him.” 


In addition to the scholarship, Kowalk also received a large container of automotive tools and equipment.


Kowalk will be advancing to compete at the State Competition, which will be held on Apr. 14 to 16 in Grand Blanc. He will be the first student in more than 15 years from Huron to participate in the states.