Benjamin Marson, left, of Groton and Albert Packard of Shirley work to diagnose a problem in an automobile in the Automotive Technology classroom at Nashoba Tech. The two seniors competed in the recent Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association statewide competition.
Albert Packard, left, of Shirley and Benjamin Marson of Groton, both seniors at Nashoba Tech, competed in the recent Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association statewide competition.
WESTFORD — Two seniors at Nashoba Tech competed in the recent Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association competition. Only 10 teams qualified to compete, and Benjamin Marson of Groton and Albert Packard of Shirley earned a spot in the exclusive competition based on their scores on a test of “basic automotive knowledge."
In the MSADA competition, held at Massachusetts Bay Community College, the two had to work as a team at 10 different stations that posed diagnostic challenges that tested the students’ overall auto-technology knowledge. The top team in the competition earned a spot in the National Automotive Technology Competition held at New York’s International Auto Show in April, and though Benjamin and Albert did not finish first, they agreed that the experience will help them both in their careers.
“The biggest thing is the experience of it," Joshua Morin, one of Nashoba Tech’s Automotive Technology instructors. “They’re the first kids from Nashoba Tech to qualify for it, and that’s a huge thing for them."