Taking ‘Top’ prize

Heritage student is first at Top Wrench

A Heritage High School student won a scholarship to the Tennessee Technology Center following the 17th annual Top Wrench competition at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base.

Troy Cope won the scholarship during the Top Wrench competition on May 1. He won the scholarship to study auto body technology.

Top Wrench coordinator Joe Marshall said 375 students from nine different counties competed in several different categories.

In Pit Crew Wheel Changing, Anderson County High School won with a time of 45.9 seconds. Union County High School was right behind them at 46.61 seconds and Sequoyah High School was third with a time of 50.60 seconds.

In the Engine competition, the students have 10 minutes to trouble shoot the problem with an engine and fix it.

Campbell County did it in 3 minutes and 40 seconds. North Knox County, including Halls and Gibbs high schools, completed the task in 6 minutes and 50 seconds and Sequoyah High School from Monroe County came in third at 7.59 minutes.

In the computer car competition, students work with a vehicle built by students at Heritage High School. “That’s a pretty complicated affair. They have a problem and get the trouble code out and go to a lap top computer and they find the problem and go hands on and fix the trouble,” Marshall said.

Sequoyah High School won in 1 minute 48 seconds. “They won in unbelievable time. They walked over and had two guys get the trouble code, and one walked straight to the car and plugged something in,” Marshall said.

Second place was William Blount High School. “They were so good. They finished in 1 minute 51 seconds,” he said.

Marshall said third place was Central High School with a time of 2 minutes 29 seconds.

Another addition to the event was held at another location. The Gear Head Challenge pitted Union County against Campbell County in a dragster race. Union County won the match up, Marshall said.

“All winter long they build their car and then take it to a strip. We call it Gear Head Challenge. We had it at Knoxville Race Way April 20,” Marshall said.

It has been 18 years since Marshall started the event. “The competition hasn’t changed much over the years. We’ve added the computer car and the Drag Race Challenge,” he said. “That gives them a little bit more hands-on experience related to trouble-shooting and problem-solving skills and communication.”

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