Toronto, Ontario – Two automotive technician students from Central Technical School in downtown Toronto beat out 19 other Toronto-area high schools to win a skills competition at the Canadian International Auto Show and a chance at an international title.

Jonathan Goldhar and Peter Romeo performed a number of timed technical tasks on a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta that had been rigged with a no-start condition by automotive instructors from Centennial College in Toronto. The college operates Canada’s largest transportation technology training centre.

Goldhar and Romeo will represent Canada at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City in April. In addition to the all-expenses-paid trip, the team collected a trophy and equipment from sponsors.

Second place went to Shariq Saiyed and Omar Shariff of Emery Collegiate Institute in North York, while Mario Farisco and Frank Searles of Brother Andre Catholic High School in Markham earned third place. Teacher Jason Rehel from Brother Andre received the first annual Gerd Riesnecker Memorial Teacher of the Year Award, named for a former Centennial professor and Toronto Area Dealers Association (TADA) member.

The three top schools also won complete engines donated by General Motors Canada and Subaru Canada, to be used for technical training.

At the international level, a team from Central Technical School beat all of the U.S. teams and collected prizes worth $250,000 in 2008, while a team from Toronto’s Northview Heights Secondary School placed second in 2009.

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