2013 Competition Results

1st – Buena Park High School ROP and Simpson Buick GMC
2nd – Loara High School ROP and Toyota of Orange
3rd – Sunny Hills High School ROP and Don-A-Vee Chrysler Jeep
4th – Aliso Niguel High School and Chevrolet of Irvine
5th – San Clemente High School and Allen Cadillac
6th – Mission Viejo High School and Kia of Irvine



Buena Park High School ROP Students Gear for National Competition in New York in April After Win at Regional Competition Where Scholarships Worth $85,000 and New Vehicle Were Awarded

NEWPORT BEACH and BUENA PARK, Calif. (Feb. xx, 2014) – In tight competition, two students from Buena Park High School ROP were the victors of an intense automotive technology competition that tested their prowess and abilities under the hood at the 21st Annual Orange County Automobile Dealers Association Automotive Technology Competition at Kia Motors America headquarters in Irvine on Sat., Feb. 8. The winning team, which included seniors William Ashlock and Jose Solinap and their instructor James Williamson, was sponsored by Simpson Buick GMC in Buena Park and will now advance to the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York in April on a sponsorship provided by the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association (OCADA).

They joined five other teams at the event, which is sponsored each year by OCADA. Over the course of two hours, each team strived to “de-bug” and repair vehicles with each restored malfunction earning points. The hands-on competition is the culmination of arduous testing and long training sessions, and begins with a qualifying 100-question written exam given to an initial field of 87 students from Orange County high schools last October.

The goal of the OCADA Automotive Technology Competition is to recognize the technical expertise of these students and to introduce them to the possibilities available with a career in automotive technology. The competition also connects these students to the colleges that can further their education and develop their talents. By partnering with the dealerships they can test drive a career with excellent job security and economic opportunities. More than $85,000 in scholarships provided by OCADA, California New Car Dealers Association, Ohio Technical College, and Universal Technical Institute was awarded to the participants.

“Today’s automotive technicians require much more specialized training to keep our cars and trucks running safely and in top-notch condition,” said John Sackrison, executive director, Orange County Automobile Dealers Association. “These students have spent a tremendous amount of time in and outside of the classroom training for this competition and all exhibited a level of knowledge and professionalism that will surely help them as they pursue a future in this career. We applaud their commitment to success.”

The other local teams competing included:

Second Place
Loara High School ROP
Alex Koontz and Daniel Sampson
Sponsor: Toyota of Orange

Third Place
Sunny Hills High School ROP
Patrick Murrano and Nathan Woo
Sponsor: Don-A-Vee Jeep

Fourth Place
Aliso Niguel High School
Brian Mackey and Nick Perry
Sponsor: Chevrolet of Irvine

Fifth Place
San Clemente High School
Asher Mitchell and Jesus Sanchez
Sponsor: Allen Cadillac

Sixth Place
Mission Viejo High School
Karston Vasquez
Sponsor: Kia of Irvine

“The countless hours each of these teams spent preparing and training for this competition is inspiring and these young men and women represent the best and the brightest of auto tech students in Orange County,” said John Sackrison, executive director, Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

For more information, please contact Sean Taylor at OCADA at 949-428-5050 or staylor@ocada.org, or visit www.ocada.org.