Smoky Hill Activities

​DECA Students Place In Nationals

  Our chapter just returned from the most successful ICDC in the school’s history.  We took 16 competitors to Atlanta, Georgia and 8 of them made it up on stage!  6 were national finalists and 5 made it into the Top 10 Nationally!  That makes 11 national finalists in the past two years.  I also wanted to communicate our partnership with AT&T/DirectTV.  The company choose our chapter as one of the 20 chapters from across the nation to sponsor for the 2017-2018 school year.  We were chosen because of our diverse student population and success in competition the past few school years.  The company donated over $7500 to help students attend state and national competition.  Direct TV employees also worked hands on with our students throughout the year to help us in competition and allowed us to use their National NEPRIS network to video conference with company employees from across the nation.

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SHHS Auto instructor, Brian Manley, took his race car out to be a part of the 2017 Colorado Girls Elevated at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in April of 2017.  

He talked to teenage girls about careers in automotive technology, and responsible racing.  Former Smoky Hill student (and auto student) Tyra Carder (now Tyra Pry), accompanying him and talked about her job to our young teenage girls in the audience.

Tyra is currently a design engineer for Denver's Furniture Row Racing team (NASCAR), and she shared her journey from Smoky Hill to her current position.


Congratulations to our Smoky Hill High School Automotive students, who recently returned from the State SkillsUSA contest with an unprecedented showing! 

Our Chapter Display teams developed and constructed three entries this year (more than we've ever created) and returned home with 1st, 2nd and 4th place awards. Josh Gilbert also placed 3rd of 24 in the challenging Auto Service Contest, where Smoky Hill had a record 5 finalists. Owen Echols also finished in the top 6 in the Job Interview Contest.



​Chapter Display State Teams:

1st place: Harlan Thomas, Austin Whetham-Cogburn and Caleb Echols.

2nd place: Spencer Cox, Kenny Fritts and Trevor Josephs.

4th place: Colton Storm, Gabe Demers and Tracey Peterson.

Our teams assembled their projects in our glass classroom for display through the end of the year. Come by and see their creativity (their T rex) and awesome educational value (brake trainers).

As the SkillPoint Certificate underscores, in addition to technical proficiency in automotive technology, they must also demonstrate superior workmanship, creativity & originality, innovation, teamwork, and educational value. Our teams demonstrated professionalism through their actions, their dress and their interviews, and they represented our school with dignity and class at all times, even while in the Colorado Springs community.

Please congratulate all of our automotive students, and especially Josh Gilbert and Luis Gasca, who will represent the State of Colorado at the National Greater New York Automotive Contest in Manhattan next week. Smoky Hill (now in our 8th year-in-a-row as the only school in Colorado to send students to this national contest) will compete over 2 days in a skills contest in conjunction with the New York International Auto Show.


Go Buffs!

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