Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School students win big in TADA skills competition

TORONTO, Feb. 11, 2016 /CNW/ - Two automotive technician students from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School in Mississauga prevailed over 20 other Toronto-area high school teams to win a high-octane skills competition at the Canadian International AutoShow on Feb. 11.

Mario DeLio and Karol Kotarski performed a number of timed technical tasks and worked on a 2016 Volkswagen Jetta that had been rigged with a no-start condition by automotive instructors from Centennial College. The Toronto college operates Canada's largest transportation technology training centre.

By finishing first, the pair will be representing Canada at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City in March. In addition to the all-expenses-paid trip, DeLio and Kotarski received tools and equipment from sponsors.

Port Perry High School finished second, thanks to the efforts of students Ryan Bambrick and Ahmad Said Fazel, while Nerissa D'Souza and Sajesha Manoharan from Scarborough's Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School earned third place. It's the first time an all-female team has placed in the top three in the annual competition. The automotive labs of all three schools will receive a vehicle from General Motors Canada for training purposes.

In addition, teacher Norm Arding of North York's Northview Heights Secondary School earned the Gerd Reisenecker Memorial Teacher of the Year Award, named for the former Centennial College professor and TADA member.

The 17th annual Toronto Automotive Technology Competition received outstanding support from the industry. Sponsors included: TADA, the Canadian International AutoShow, Volkswagen Canada and Toronto-area VW dealers, General Motors Canada, Snap-On Tools, Consulab, Canadian Tire, Prona Tools, Electude-Argo, Nelson Education, Pearson Education, TecMate and Centennial College.

Photos available upon request.

SOURCE Centennial College

For further information: Media contact: Mark Toljagic, Communications Officer, Centennial College, 416-289-5000, ext. 7142/mtoljagic@centennialcollege.ca


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