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OTC Automotive Student Wins Gunk Video Contest Awarded $3,500 & trip to Las Vegas

James Watson, an automotive technology student at Okefenokee Technical College, has been chosen as one of five finalists in the 2011 Gunk Serious Solutions Challenge. The nationwide challenge is sponsored by Gunk®, the industry leader in engine cleaning and degreasing products in collaboration with SkillsUSA, a nonprofit partnership of industry, students and teachers.

The challenge asked students to create a video communicating their “Auto-Motivation” – what drives them to pursue a career in the automotive industry. Five winners were selected based on the video entries. Each will receive a $3,500 scholarship to continue his/her technical education and an all-expense paid trip to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas November 1 – 3 to compete in the Gunk Ultimate Challenge. 

Instructors of the five finalists also receive an all-expense paid trip to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. The Ultimate Challenge winner will receive $5,000 for his or her college. 
 
“The Serious Solutions Challenge is a great way to promote automotive programs across the nation,” stated OTC automotive technology instructor Larry Carr. “It’s also a great way for students to express the pride they have in their work. James and I appreciate this opportunity and look forward to the competition in Las Vegas.”

“It’s great to see students like James Watson who are motivated to be the best in the profession, excited about their career, and highly skilled,” said OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton. “Mr. Watson’s success is a testament of his enthusiasm and initiative and a testament of his instructor’s commitment to quality education and student success.”

“We are eager to learn what drives and inspires these students,” said Marshal Livingstone, brand manager for Gunk. “Career and technical education students are the future of the automotive industry, and the more we can do to help and support them, the better.”

Watson is quick to say that his video was a team effort. He thanked his instructor, Mr. Larry Carr, for guidance and encouragement and his classmates, especially Adhino Jackson, for listening and sharing ideas. Watson also thanked Shannon Thrift for providing technical assistance and everyone at OTC who supported him.

The OTC faculty and staff congratulate James and wish him well at the Gunk Ultimate Challenge in Las Vegas.

Watson’s parents are James and Annie Watson of New York.

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As one of five finalists in the 2011 Gunk Serious Solutions Challenge, James Watson, an automotive technology student at Okefenokee Technical College, is the winner of a $3,500 scholarship and a trip to Las Vegas to compete in the Gunk Ultimate Challenge. OTC President Gail Thaxton (center) dropped by the automotive technology lab to congratulate Watson and Larry Carr, OTC automotive technology instructor, on the accomplishment. Mr. Carr will accompany Watson to the competition in November.

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