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High school students win national automotive competition

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PAUPACK TOWNSHIP, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Two area students come back from quite the unique championship. 

It’s the National Automotive Technology Competition where students compete by putting cars back together. Two weeks ago at the New York Auto Show is where the students from Wallenpaupack Area High School students took home a first place trophy. 

“I stand back and look at it and it was the best experiences of my life. It was a whole lot of fun,” said Nick Hamer.

Hamer’s counterpart to the competition was Cory Prisco says “it was unreal at first it was like wow that actually just happened. I still have not accepted that happened yet.”

From states to nationals Hamer and Prisco are the seniors who outwitted others in their class and in the country. 

The three-day event got them to the last day where they had to put together a brand new 2019 Nissan Rogue. Official dicounted some wires and batteries from the key fob, ripped the windshield wipers and more. 

By using computers they were able to put the car back together and operating in less than three hours with 20 seconds to spare. 

Some prizes for winning included more than $20,000 in tools, scholarship money and free rides to colleges. 

The only championship Wallenpaupack Area School District have ever won is from this competition. 


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