Mike Schadegg of Wolf Auto, left, stands with Jonny Stahley and Mike Pomeroy in front of the training car he loaned them to train on before the Skills USA contest. (Courtesy photo)
Merino High School students Jonny Stahley and Mike Pomeroy, who were both enrolled in the Secondary Automotive Technology program at Northeastern Junior College this past spring, recently competed in the state-wide Skills USA contest.
Pomeroy placed 17th overall and Stahley placed 19th out of 35 competitors from all areas of Colorado. The two had previously placed at the top of the district contest to earn their way to the larger state competition.
In the state's Ford AAA contest, Stahley and Pomeroy as a team finished second overall in the written portion of the testing, out of 150 students. The duo placed sixth in the hands-on part of the contest. During the hands-on portion, experts deliberately put some "bugs" in the engine or other operating systems and it is up to the students to find out what is wrong with the car, working against time.
To help Stahley and Pomeroy prepare for the competition, Mike Schadegg from Wolf Auto in Sterling temporarily donated a 2013 Ford Focus to the college for the students to train on before they went to compete at the state level in mid-May in Denver. For many years, Wolf Auto and Jim Able from Ford AAA Colorado have supported the automotive programs at Northeastern with the donation of cars, advice, and other resources.