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GHS Automotive Tech Wins 21st Annual JBL Automotive Competition
On Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13, 117 students from 13 Central Texas high schools gathered at Georgetown High School (GHS) for the 21st Annual Jesse B. Lozano (JBL) Automotive Competition. The competition, hosted by GHS Automotive Technology Instructors Greg Wall and Kelley Mayo, gives automotive students in Career and Technical Education (CTE) a chance to showcase their automotive comprehension and craftsmanship in three levels: Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced.
“This competition means everything for automotive students,” Texas Education Agency (TEA) Statewide CTE Coordinator Les Hudson said. “Not only is it an opportunity for students to see what their future could look like, but it gives them a place to network with peers that have the same interests.”
GHS Automotive Technology, with 20 students in the competition, took home the first place team trophy and an overall win at the end of it all.
“The students exceeded all my expectations with this big win,” Mayo said. “It is truly an honor to serve these students and have a hand in shaping their future, even if it is not in the automotive industry.”
On day one, GHS Junior Ethan Popp took second place in the Top Tech category at the Advanced level. At the Intermediate level, Sophomore Mason Hunn won Top Tech honors and took second place in Disk Brakes. Sophomore Jacob Nolan won first place in Electric Circuit, followed by Sophomore Michael Jones in second place and Junior Izaac Huizar in third place. At the Introductory level, Senior Jeff Brown won Top Tech honors, with Sophomores Aspen Mayo in second place and Amber Laurents completing the sweep in third place. On day two, GHS competed in a Quiz Bowl and placed first in Leadership and second in Automotive.
“I went to the automotive shop after school almost every single day to prepare for the JBL Competition,” Jones said. “All that hard work really paid off in the hands-on showcase.”
Along with automotive students and instructors, college and business sponsors are invited to come out and participate in a College, Career, and Military Readiness Fair. The fair allows participating sponsors to connect with young technicians and introduce them to a potential future in the automotive field.
“Our dealership is always recruiting students at a high school level,” RDO Equipment Service Advisor Chad Breedlove said. “It’s important to show future technicians the opportunities that this field can offer.”
“These CTE programs allow students to pursue their passions at an early age,” Admissions Recruiter for Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Jonathan Vu said. “Our recruiters come to this competition to show students that we are here to offer support and create an environment of joy for them to continue that pursuit in.”
GHS automotive students that competed at the JBL competition who were not named in the story. Those students are:
Check out this story about GHS graduate and former Automotive Tech student Alec Spencer, who was previously awarded the Jesse B. Lozano scholarship and now attends UTI.