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NCTEC Students Place at NAPA Mechanics Competition at WNY Farm Show

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Diesel Technology teacher, Wes Blidy, and a few of his students risked the winter weather to compete at the NAPA Mechanics Competition on February 1st.  The High School Mechanics Competition was held at the Hamburg Fairgrounds where the Western New York Farm Show was occurring.  There were various stations set up where the competitors had to show their knowledge of the assembly, tools and skills required to maintain and repair equipment. 


“Because the weather was a concern, the students had to find their own way to competition since the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center was not comfortable with sending a bus,” explains Mr. Blidy.  “We had to reach out to parents to see if they would be willing to take their children there.” 


The extra effort from their parents paid off because Cameron Wollaber, from Wilson, took home first place.  He won a $5,000 scholarship from Ohio Technical College, a $1,500 toolbox and internship at a Milton Caterpillar dealership.  Classmate Austin Zwelling from Niagara Wheatfield took 7th place and receive tools, worth over $100 as his prize.  Students Jared Barry from Wilson, Nick Tarnowski from Starpoint and Eric Wieland from Lewiston-Porter also competed.  “I am so proud of how the students did,” says Mr. Blidy.  “I know that they are going to do whatever it takes to be successful in life.” 

Cameron and Ohio Tech College Representative with scholarship Austin with his 7th place banner