The Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
Preparing for their next competition are Josh Spiegel (at back) and James Montgomery (in foreground). Montgomery took gold at the State Skills USA competition in automotive repairs. Spiegel claimed silver at the same competition.
Blackfoot High School automotive students placed one-two in the State Skills USA competition last week in Boise.
James Montgomery earned gold; Josh Spiegel took silver. Both are seniors at BHS.
Because of his gold medal finish, Montgomery qualified to compete in the National Skills USA competition June 23-27 in Kansas City, Mo.
Out of 100 competitors, Montgomery was one of seven who succeeded in starting the engine of the car on which he was working.
Spiegel was about five seconds away from turning over his car's engine.
There are eight stations in this competition. Each competitor is allowed 20 minutes at each station.
The eight stations were brakes, electrical, heating/air conditioning, job interview, bodyâ€”electrical, scan tool/engine performance, alignment/suspension and hybrids technology.
"You prove you know what you're doing," said Montgomery.
The next competition is the State Ford AAA competition in Boise. Montgomery and Spiegel will work as a team at this competition. They are practicing on a 2012 Ford Fusion.
The team that wins the State Ford AAA qualifies to compete at nationals in Dearborn, Mich., this summer.
Dallen Worthington is the BHS automotive teacher.