Congratulations are in order for the St. Helens High School Automotive Technology program. Students Callen Prettyman and Thomas Noelcke, working as a team, placed third in the statewide Ford/AAA Trouble-Shooting Contest on May 14th. Prettyman and Noelcke were able to repair all but two minor defects in a 2010 Ford Fusion and drive it across the finish line within the 90-minute time allotment.
The Oregonian featured the St. Helens seniors, along with their instructor Mike Herdrich, on the front page of the Autos section earlier this month:
The St. Helens automotive technology program doubles as a business, Mike's Automotive, which gives students hands-on experience in the very real world of an auto repair shop. Mike's Automotive is the only high school in the United States that is AAA-certified and open to serve the community.