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TX Student, Gymnast Set to be I-CAR Certified Before Senior Year of High School

Written by Victoria Antonelli
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In addition to being a dedicated auto body student, Ashtin Nandlal is the only competitor on the Kingwood Park High School gymnastics team, which he started his sophomore year. In addition to being a dedicated auto body student, Ashtin Nandlal is the only competitor on the Kingwood Park High School gymnastics team, which he started his sophomore year.

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Ashtin Kai Nandlal first heard about the collision repair program at Kingwood Park High School from his older brother.

“I had the chance to see what he got to work on and decided it was something I would really enjoy,” Nandlal said.

 

The 17-year-old enrolled in the program his sophomore year, despite not having an interest in repairing vehicles prior.

 

“I knew I wanted to learn how to paint cars and put together special designs to create something of my own,” Nandlal said. “But the more classes I took with Mr. Wilson, the more I liked fixing things with my hands.”

 

Jeff Wilson is the head instructor of the school’s collision repair program in Kingwood, TX. So far Nandlal has taken automotive basics and collision repair with Wilson.

 

“I also worked closely with Ashtin on major refinishing tasks for high profile projects,” his instructor added. “The latest was an F-150 with front clip damage.”

 

Wilson said Nandlal’s next course will be advanced refinishing, as well as a possible work-based training practicum in the spring of 2021.

 

“So far my favorite project involved working with a partner,” Nandlal said. “We were able to work with each other to figure out our strengths and weaknesses, as well as have creative freedom with our panel.”

 

Wilson added Nandlal is “very professional and respectful,” especially when working one on one.

 

On top of being a natural cognitive learner, Wilson said Nandlal is also mastering other areas.

 

“Ashtin seems to complete every hands-on task with little to no detailed instruction,” said Wilson. “He is such a mechanically inclined young man who has the ability to understand the way vehicles are engineered and assembled.”

 

Nandlal added the most valuable skills he has learned so far have to do with successfully working with the people around him.

 

“Mr. Wilson has made it clear that when we are in a real job environment, we may not get along with the people around us, but we still have to be professional and continue to get our job done,” Nandlal explained.


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