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Students qualify for auto competition

Monday, May 8, 2006

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.

Todd Booher and Andy Schmidt (front) are Cherokee high school students who have qualified for hands on auto mechanics competition at the DMACC on May 9, sponsored by Ford Motor Co. and AAA Insurance. They students have received help from Rasmussen Ford in Cherokee. To the right of Schmidt is Ross Hamilton, manager of Rasmussen Ford, Others are
(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)
Booher and Schmidt have been taking auto mechanics courses at the Cherokee Campus of Western Iowa Tech Community College. They are students of Nathan Woodford, WITCC Auto Tech Instructor.

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.

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