By Kristian Bush
In to the finals by default, and one mistake away from a perfect car. One side mirror bug is what kept two NEISD students from having a bug-less car, though they’re still headed to nationals in June.
The state competition that sent these boys to nationals took place in Houston, Tx where Gabe Flores and Roosevelt’s Ty Willis took place in the top ten. Most schools in the district compete against each other but in Flores and Willis’ case it’s the complete opposite. When the team goes to nationals the competition coordinators won’t be taking the top 10 like the state competition but rather one team from each state. The competition did not just give Flores and Willis the opportunity to go to nationals but also the opportunity to gain scholarship money. They both received a $20,000 scholarship to Universal Technical Institute as well as other scholarships to other technical schools to further their automotive education.
These two seniors will be competing and working together at the automotive technology nationals in Dearborn, Michigan. The competition is June 12-15 and Flores and Willis will be competing against teams from all over the country.
“I’m really excited. “it’s really a good experience,” Flores said.
As the automotive teacher and auto tech competition coach, Juan Martinez couldn’t be more proud of them and their success in this growing program.
“I am extremely proud of them and we are looking forward to the nationals in June,” Martinez said.