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Way to Go: John DeLuca and Evan Wagner

Evan Wagner of Eastport-South Manor High School, left,

Evan Wagner of Eastport-South Manor High School, left, and John DeLuca of Shoreham-Wading River High School took first place in the 2017 National Automotive Technology Competition. They are pictured with Mark Schienberg, president of the Great New York Automobile Dealers Association. Photo Credit: National Automotive Technology Competition / Dominick Totino

Two Suffolk County students each won more than $100,000 in scholarships for placing first in the 2017 National Automotive Technology Competition.

Shoreham-Wading River High School senior John DeLuca and Eastport-South Manor High School senior Evan Wagner beat 29 other teams nationwide last month to take the top spot in the competition at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Both teens also are students at Eastern Suffolk BOCES’ Harry B. Ward Technical Center in Riverhead.

The competition, held in conjunction with the New York International Auto Show, culminated with a three-hour component that tasked teams with diagnosing and repairing vehicles rigged with malfunctions. They also visited 10 workstations that tested everything from job interviewing to information retrieval skills.

For winning, the duo each received some $100,000 in scholarships and other prizes, including a $10,000 gift certificate for Snap-on Tools courtesy of General Motors. Their school received prizes that included a $1,500 gift certificate from Megatech Corp. and a $1,000 gift certificate from Consulab Educatech.

To reach the national level, they first beat 20 teams at the regional level to each win $22,500 in scholarships. They then bested 12 teams at the state level to each win $10,000 in scholarships to one of four technical institutes and a $2,000 college scholarship.

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