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National automotive competition

Students competing next week in the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky, are Fabian Gomez, front left; Pablo Renteria, back row, second from left; and Elier Renova Rojo, second row, right. The students are shown with their ENMU-R SkillsUSA advisors, Eric Gomez, Automotive Technology Director, back row, left, and Caleb Cain, HVAC-R instructor, front row, right. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Three Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell students in the Automotive Technology program will compete next week in the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky, having won first in their categories in state competitions held in Albuquerque in March.

Students competing are Fabian Gomez, Pablo Renteria and Elier Renova Rojo.
Gomez will compete in the collision repair and technology category. Renteria will participate in an action skills leadership contest. He will make a five- to seven-minute presentation on a particular type of automotive painting technique known as plasti-dipping. Renova Rojo will compete in a power equipment category, working on small-engine diagnoses.
The students’ ENMU-R SkillsUSA advisors are Eric Gomez, automotive technology director, and Caleb Cain, HVAC-R instructor. Gomez has led students to national competitions for 12 years as a high school and college instructor.
SkillsUSA is a membership organization of people involved in technical and career education. It was formerly known as Vocational and Industrial Clubs of America. The organization sponsors competitions to recognize high school and college students’ abilities. Some students from University High School also are expected to compete in Louisville next week.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.