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December 23, 2013

Central engine builders place second nationally

THOMASVILLE — Thomas County Central High School’s engine-building team placed second in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge national competition held during the Performance and Race Industry Show in Indianapolis.

The competition was held Dec. 10-15. The team consisted of five members and one alternate Tyler Boyette, Alan Mayfield, Brice Evans, Justin Rogers, Grayson Ott and Andrew Graham. The team’s average time was 19:34 of four builds in which the team first broke down and then rebuilt an engine.

“I’m happy with what we did,” Graham said. “We went as fast as we could.”

The second-place prize included a trophy and $57,000 in scholarship money, which was split evenly between the team members. Each member got $9,500.

Graham is proud of the team’s effort and the scholarship money it won. He said he enjoyed the overall experience because he got to meet “all kinds of people and see all kinds of shows.”

The team also attended some technical training seminars that dealt with various areas of automotive technology during the competition.

Mason Miller, team instructor and automotive technology teacher at TCCHS, said there are 457 engine-building teams in the nation and the top 25 fastest were invited to the national championship.

“Our team has been doing well,” he said. “Naturally, I’m very proud of them. They are a joy to be around and their talent is being showcased in an area that they enjoy. It’s outstanding for a student to do something they love and also be able to use it to further their education. We always compete to win, but to be the number two team in the nation is an amazing accomplishment.”

Miller also said the program is branching out at TCCHS and an all girls team has just been formed.


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