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School News
Auto students shine in OHS brake contest

by CJ Carnacchio

March 21, 2012

Oxford Community Schools is constantly publicizing its emphasis on the three A’s – academics, arts and athletics.

But there’s one ‘A’ that’s overlooked in that mantra – Auto.

Tuesday was a day for Oxford High School’s auto students to shine as 24 of them took part in the annual brake competition.

Two-person teams vied against each other to see who could completely disassemble and reassemble a drum brake assembly on two different vehicles in the least amount of time.

“All of the work must be done as quickly and accurately as possible,” said Auto Teacher Dan Balsley. “Any errors in craftsmanship disqualify their time and they can be timed as many times as they want during the competition.”

Taking first place in this year’s competition were sophomores Tommy Churchill and Michael Sovis. They claimed the mantle of victory with a combined time of 4 minutes, 32 seconds. They tackled a Ford Ranger in 2 minutes, 20 seconds and a Plymouth Belvedere in 2 minutes, 11 seconds.

Churchill and Sovis – along with second-place finishers Robert Katchuba and Andrew Davis and third-place winners Mike Smith and Jason Petty – received a whole array of prizes donated by the competition’s sponsors.

Sponsors included Steve’s Oxford Automotive, Oxford Bank, Rotary Club of Oxford, Oxford McDonald’s and Wright Tool.

“It’s a nice thing for the community because it brings us all together,” Balsley. “We’re all working toward the kids’ education. It really makes me proud to be in this community.”