John Gonsalves and James Ryan Bachiller of Toronto with their first place trophy
John Gonsalves and James Ryan Bachiller of Toronto with their first place trophy. Click image to enlarge

Toronto, Ontario – Two automotive tech students from Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough, Ontario beat out 19 other Toronto-area high school teams to win a skills competition at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

James Ryan Bachiller and John Gonsalves, both 17, performed a number of timed technical tasks and attempted to start a 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible that had been rigged with a no-start condition by automotive instructors from Centennial College.

The pair will go on to represent Canada at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City in April. In addition to the all-expenses-paid trip, the two received a trophy and equipment from sponsors.

Cameron Elpkick and Tauriq Shaikh of Danforth Tech finished second, while Jonathan Bagni and Michael Mallette of Central Tech finished third.

The top two winning schools will each receive a General Motors vehicle, which will be used for automotive technical training. General Motors of Canada donated the brand-new vehicles as prizes.

The 2010 event marks the eleventh year for the contest, which is organized by Centennial College, which promotes automotive technology as a rewarding career path. Last year’s winners, from Northview Heights Secondary School, placed second in New York City. In 2008, a team from Toronto’s Central Tech bested all of the U.S. teams and collected prizes worth $250,000.

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