North Carolina High School Students Earn Scholarships to Technical Institute

The pair competed in a challenge involving five hands-on assessments and a 50-question written exam.


Two Davie County High School students, senior Rylan Koontz and sophomore Jackson Barrett, competed in Universal Technical Institute’s Top Tech Challenge on Feb. 24 at the Mooresville, NC, campus. The challenge is made up of two-person teams from high schools across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

The Davie duo competed individually in a series of five hands-on assessments and a 50-question written exam to test their knowledge of automotive tools, systems, and repair procedures. The team competed against 23 other high school teams.

Both were awarded $1,000 scholarships to the Universal Technical Institute for their sixth place finish. Koontz and Barrett competed in the North Carolina SkillsUSA Regional Rally.

Universal Technical Institute is a leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking career opportunities in the automotive, diesel, collision repair, welding and machining industries.

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