Todd Booher and Andy Schmidt, seniors at the high school in Cherokee, are among a select group of students whose automotive skills have qualified them to participate in hands on competition at Des Moines Area Community College on May 9. The competition is sponsored by Ford Motor Co. and AAA Insurance.
The high school in Cherokee is only one of 10 schools in the state from which students have qualified to participate.
(left to right) Gene Rasmussen, owner of Rasmussen Ford; Allen Campbell, service manager; Nathan Woodford, auto tech instructor at WITCC; and Larry Hunecke, Cherokee High School principal.(Photo by Ken Ross)
Cherokee students who took the written exam for the competition included Mark Schleef, Todd Booher, Andy Schmidt, Jordan Frahm, David Julius, and A.J. Werthmen. Brent Fassler from Aurelia High School and Corie Moritz from Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High School also participated.
Rasmussen Ford has helped with the training of Schmidt and Booher, providing the vehicle that the students will be tested on.
"The people at Rasmussen Ford have really been a big help with this," Woodford said.
He added that this is the second year in a row that Rasmussen Ford has helped students who have qualified for this competition.
Students compete for scholarship awards.