Willowbrook automotive students gear up for another season
by Lawerence W. Synett
On Feb. 23, 13 Willowbrook students qualified for the upcoming Skills/USA State Automotive Hands-on Competition after completing the qualification test.
This year's 13 qualifiers include seniors Chris Grazian, Chris Krinner, Hector Chevez, Steven Mussatto, John Price, Kyle Shanahan, Anthony Santore, Matt Schopa and Matt Fiene; juniors Eric Lamberty, Paul Putong and Dan Quiroz; and sophomore Marina Anderson.
Of those 13 qualifiers, Willowbrook had the top four test scores in the state, and the school's first sophomore girl in its automotive history qualify.
Anderson, the school's first female competitor and automotive student, comes from an auto background.
Her father, Scott, is the crew chief for a nitro-fueled dragster called the "Frantic Fueler."
This past fall, her father and his crew brought the car to Willowbrook to spend the day educating the school's automotive students about drag racing and the career opportunities it can offer.
"They went through the pre-run set-up and then fired it up and went through their pre-run warm-up," added Elliott. "It was awesome and an attention-getter for sure; it shook the school's windows."
Elliott commended Anderson's work ethic.
"She has spent many hours after school learning from my seniors about what she needed to know in advanced areas that she wouldn't get to until she is in more advanced automotive classes," said Elliott. "I'm impressed with her willingness to put in extra time and effort to learn."