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CARing for Kids

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Greater Philadelphia
Automotive Technology Competition

The objective of this annual competition is to increase the number and quality of professional automotive service technicians available to the ADAGP Dealer Members. With nearly one thousand auto technology students in the region, there is a lot of available talent to an industry that has much to offer. Today’s technicians are considered professional people and can earn as much as the engineers who design the vehicles. Furthermore, the skills and education required are equally advanced. As is proven in this competition, the auto technicians of the 21st Century must have highly polished math and computer skills in addition to very strong mechanical aptitude.

This competition is supported by a volunteer advisory committee that meets throughout the year to plan the event. This group is made up of professionals representing new car dealerships, auto manufacturers, industry suppliers and post secondary technical schools. The Foundation is extremely grateful for the time and energy that each committee member dedicates to the contest.

2015 marked the 22nd year for our competition!  This contest is open to area high school seniors enrolled in automotive programs and begins each year with a written qualifying exam. The two highest scoring students from the top twelve schools qualified for the hands-on competition scheduled for February 27th at Automotive Training Center’s Warminster campus. The hands-on competition consists of a Pre-Delivery Inspection and multiple workstations ranging from Engine Mechanical to Communication Skills. The winning duo earned an all-expense paid trip to the National Automotive Technology Competition at the New York Auto Show, courtesy of the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation.

Congratulations to Middle Bucks Institute of Technology! Students Brian Moss and Viktor Pokrachinskiy took first place. Keystone Volvo was their sponsor. Second place honors went to Tim Kramer and Austen Sallada of Berks Career and Technology Center West. Edward Anskis and Matthew Gardner from Technical College High School Pennock’s Bridge took third place. Below are the other finalists:

  • Alex Musselman, Jordan Rhodes of Berks Career and Technology Center East,sponsored by Manderbach Ford
  • Steven Surrick, Kyle Tuthill of Bucks County Technical High School, sponsored by Reedman Toll Auto World
  • Gabriel Glawson, Christian Stuppard of Burlington County Institute of Technology, sponsored by Miller Ford
  • James Wade, Jacob Walter of Central Montco Technical High School, sponsored by Conicelli Toyota
  • Josh Lincoln, Liam Poole of Delaware County Technical High School, sponsored by Springfield Ford Lincoln
  • Nicholas Palmer, Louis Schaefer of Eastern Center for Arts and Technology, sponsored by Bryner Chevrolet
  • Anthony Bramante, Mike Richardson of Gloucester County Institute of Technology, sponsored Holman Ford Lincoln
  • Michael Lord, Allan Ramcharan of Mercer County Technical Schools Sypek Center, sponsored by Haldeman Ford
  • Don McCue, Justin Wagner of Technical College High School Brandywine, sponsored by Otto’s MINI


All prizes for this competition are donated by local businesses and are meant to encourage the competitors to continue their automotive education after high school. If you are interested in donating items (gift cards, small tools, promotional items), or for more information regarding this event, please contact Mary Lynn Alvarino or Kelsey Hinkle.