Automotive Passions Turn Into Competitive Success for Knox Student


The SCILL center in Knox is touting the performance of one of its students at a state-level competition.

Automotive technology students at the jobs training center attended the SkillsUSA competition in Hammond. Knox High School student Austin Burton placed third in the regional contest, allowing him to move onto the state competition.

According to information provided by Knox High School, students at the tournament were tested on their knowledge of vehicle brakes, suspension, steering, engine performance, axles, and light repair.

Burton’s success in the Hammond regional competition ultimately led to his placing 7th at state. The SCILL center says that is a first for them.

An internship is being completed by Burton at Truck City in Gary. He was offered full-time employment at the company for an apprenticeship while he’s earning his mechanic’s license.