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Three compete in skills competition
2 May 2011

Pedro Meyers placed seventh among the competitors.

BISMARCK (UTN) - Three students from the United Tribes Automotive Service Technology program participated in the 2011 SkillsUSA annual competition.

      Pedro Meyers (Three Affiliated) Mandan, ND, Mikell Starr Jr. (Eastern Shoshone) Bismarck, ND, and Gerald Dupree (Cheyenne River) Eagle Butte, SD, matched their automotive detective skills April 4 with community college students from around North Dakota.

      The event allows students to test their technical skills against their peers and industry standards. During the competition, students move from various stations where they are allowed 15 minutes to diagnose and solve an automotive problem.

Mikell Starr Jr., with a SkillsUSA judge, during a engine problem analysis.

      Meyers, a first semester second year student, placed seventh among the competitors.

      UTTC Automotive instructor Dale Pletan said he believed that Meyers' ranking was the highest that a United Tribes student had finished in the years the college has been involved in the North Dakota competition.

      Personnel from local automotive businesses judged the day-long event conducted in the automotive area of the vocational building at Bismarck State College.

Gerald Dupree checks an electronic analyzer to solve a starting problem.

      SkillsUSA is a large national organization. It boasts over 300,000 student and instructor members. It serves to help prepare students for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Key partners include corporations, trade associations, businesses and unions, who have a need for highly skilled technicians. The contests are designed, run and judged by industry leaders using industry standards.





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