Congratulations To Andrew Cline from Corning Community College in Corning, New York.
Andrew is the winner of a 3M Accuspray primer gun. He entered the Collision Blast contest, which was offered to all collision repair students or instructors. To win, the collision repair instructor or student was directed to write about how they became interested in the collision repair industry and/or about the collision repair program that they are a student or teach at. The stories were judged and the winner was selected.
A special thanks to Jody DeVere, Chris Sheehy, and Melissa Marscin for selecting the winner and to 3M for providing the Accuspray Primer Gun.
Below is the story that made the win.
“I have worked on cars my whole life my dad had always let me help him. I did a two year program at coopers education center boces my junior and senior year at high school doing auto body collision work I was awarded the most outstanding student award for the highest grade in class with a 98 average and high grade on nocti test. I decided to continue my career at Corning Community college for a two year program do auto body collision repair. I am a first year student my first simester I got a 3.27 GPA. I love working on cars it what i want to do for a career and a hobbie thats how much I love it I have a 73 nova that im putting together on my free time with a 454 big block with throttle body ingection. I competed in skills usa for auto body collision repair in 2010 at reginals at alfred state college i placed 4th I moved on to the state level and placed fifth placeing the 1st in metal work, 1st in priming and paint prep, and a tie for finishing. The reason I lost I bombed the test because we did not study electronics at my boces. I plan to open my own shop some day and work on everything from handas to chevys. I go to all the local car shows to see peoples work and I even travel to go to car shows I go to Carlile spring and fall shows and chevy nationals. I go to Syracuse Nationals as well. I go to a drag strip almost every weekend called skyview. I plan to take my education even furture by keeping up on laws and regulatons all the time I plan to become I-Car certified in as many things as I can.”