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West Delaware students back from National Auto Tech Competition

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Car troubles are no match for Alex Funke and Kyle Heims. The two just graduated from West Delaware High School in Manchester.

During high school, they completed three semesters of an auto technician class. Part of the class allows seniors to take a 50 question written test to qualify for a state auto tech competition.

Alex and Kyle placed well enough on the written test to be called back for a hands-on test.

Working as a team they had to fix all the "bugs" in a car.

"We had a few bad relays and fuses, I think a blower motor resistor was bad, spark plugs were bad," said Kyle Heims.

"At state they had the only perfect car. They had no demerits, answered all the questions perfectly," said Auto Tech Instructor Jason Guyer.

Winning state sent the cousins to the National Auto Tech Competition at Ford Headquarters in Michigan this month. Again, putting their skills and teamwork to the test.

"Check interior lights, make sure a/c works, everything outside ties with inside so what I do changes what he does," said Alex Funke.

Alex and Kyle placed 26th at nationals. They said they owe a big thanks to people in the community who helped them prepare, especially Runde Auto Group in Manchester who loaned them a car for practice.

"We spent the week before every contest coming in at 6ish and we'd be done around 11 or 12," said Heims.

The West Delaware School District is no stranger to auto tech competitions, winning state and qualifying for nationals five times of the last eight years.

"It's something we work hard at. Just like anything else, if you want to be good at it, you gotta work hard," said Jason Guyer.

Guyer said even though many of his student will not purse an auto tech career after high school, these are life-long skills that can save anyone money when it comes to auto repairs.

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