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Central team ninth in nation
Students earn scholarship money at engine competition
Forsyth Central automotive technology students, clockwise from left, Daniel Ryan, JP Webb, Jordan Schaller and Shahbaz Aslam work to break down an engine during the National Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Build Challenge in Indianapolis. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

Students from Forsyth Central High School recently took ninth place in a national engine-building competition.

The team of automotive technology students journeyed to Indianapolis earlier this month to take part in the National Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Build Challenge.

The timed contest involves tearing down and building a race engine with a five-man team.

This was Central’s first time competing in the event. The team — JP Webb, Daniel Ryan, Jordan Schaller, Blake Hughes, Shahbaz Aslam and alternate David Bird — qualified by placing third in the Southeast regional competition held in Tennessee last March.

According to Central instructor Marlo Miranda, the team members each received $6,000 in scholarship funds and a plaque for finishing ninth out of 30 groups in the competition.

“Although we did want to win, it turns out that this is our first time at this contest and no team has placed in the top 10 when going as rookies,” Miranda said.

“I am very proud of them … I think they learned that nothing in this life comes easy and everything worth doing requires very hard work.”