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Central auto team claims second title
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Forsyth County News

CUMMING — Members of an engine-building team from Forsyth Central High School’s automotive technology program have again earned top honors.

The team placed first over the weekend at the Southeastern Regional Contest of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow competition in Hendersonville, Tenn.

The victory came on the heels of the team’s first-place finish at the Georgia State Skills USA contest earlier this month.

Comprised of seniors Jordan Schaller, John Paul Webb and Daniel Ryan and juniors Shahbaz Aslam and Blake Hughes, the team rebuilt a Chevrolet small block V8 engine in 19 minutes and 27 seconds at the regional event.

At the state contest, which qualified them to compete at the national contest that will be held in November in Las Vegas, the team came in at just 19 minutes and 10 seconds.

“The Bulldogs now have the two fastest times in the nation and are the No. 1 seed going into the national competition,” said their instructor Marlo Miranda.

In addition, Central’s backup team, comprised of freshmen, sophomores and juniors, was able to qualify for the national event with a top-10 finish at the regional competition.

“Although their seeding will be quite a bit lower than the first team, this is still a great accomplishment for such a young group,” Miranda said.

The second team is comprised of freshmen Matthew Roberts and Logan Decker, sophomore Jacob Cochran and juniors Shelby Bowen and David Bird.

“The second team had to overcome some adversity to be able to qualify,” Miranda said, “but they pulled it together and got it done with a strong ninth-place finish.

“I am very proud of all of these kids and the hard work they have to put in to accomplish so much.”