PHS students take prizes in DMACC/IADA auto skills contest

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Perry High School juniors Justin Cummings, left, and Kaden Boyer stand in front of the prizes they won for taking seventh place in the hands-on portion of the 27th annual Des Moines Area Community/Iowa Automobile Dealers Association Automotive Skills Contest recently held on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Photo courtesy DMACC

Perry High School juniors Justin Cummings and Kaden Boyer captured seventh place in the 27th annual Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)/ Iowa Automobile Dealers Association (IADA) Automotive Skills Contest recently held at the DMACC Ankeny Campus.

Cummings and Boyer each received prizes in the form of numerous tools and supplies donated by the IADA. Each member from the other seven teams also received tools and supplies for their participation in this competition. In total, more than $23,000 worth of tools and equipment was awarded to the contestants.

The team from West Delaware High School took first place, with DMACC Ankeny Career Academy taking second place and the DMACC Southridge Career Academy capturing third. Other schools competing were Roland-Story/Ogden/South Hamilton High School, Colo-NESCO/Gilbert High School, DMACC Carroll Career Academy and Boone/West Marshall High School.

Eight two-member teams of Iowa high school automotive students qualified for the hands-on portion of the Automotive Skills Contest by having the highest average scores on a written test held in October on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. More than 200 students representing 17 Iowa high schools competed in the written portion of the contest.

The DMACC Foundation provided $1,000 scholarships to each of the first-place finishers, $600 scholarships to each of the second-place winners, $400 scholarships to each of the third-place winners and $250 scholarships to the fourth-place finishers.

Dan Ivis is the media liaison at Des Moines Area Community College.

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