Automotive Service Technology students at Yakima Valley College earn honors in competition

From left, Spencer Ramos, RJ Johnson, Matt Bailey and Sabino Rivera. (submitted photo)

Students from the Automotive Service Technology program at Yakima Valley College recently received honors at the SkillsUSA Washington Winter Competition held at Green River Community College in Auburn.

In total YVC brought home eight medals. Competition categories included job demonstration, job interview, extemporaneous speech, prepared speech, customer service, uniform and resume.

Individual honors include:

• Michael St. Hilaire (silver medal, category: job demo A; and silver medal, category: prep speech)

• Matthew Bailey (gold medal, category: customer service)

• Spencer Ramos (gold medal, category: job demo B; and silver medal, category: extemporaneous speech)

• Shane Merrill (silver medal, category: job demo A)

• Ken Inaba (gold Medal, category: customer service; and bronze medal, category: job interview).

YVC students competed against teams from Spokane Community College, Columbia Basin College, Walla Walla Community College, Renton Technical College and Green River College.

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