Spartan Mechanic Takes First at National Competition

After years of coming close, the Doherty senior brought home the prize for Sparta.

Auto Club is a club at Doherty High School focused and dedicated on working on cars and everything about them. Teacher Brad Wheaton said, “There are many dedicated students who have a future in the automotive world.” This club is filled with a serious amount of knowledge of not only cars, but the automotive industry as well. In this club you learn how to build and work on anything car related and also jump start a career into the automotive world, including field trips to the SEMA, a showcase of the modern automobile.

The latest news from Auto Club was that senior Joseph “Joey” Barry won 1st place at the country’s biggest competition for automotive industry beginners, NLSC!! In an interview he said “Vocational Auto and Auto Club is an awesome class with some great real life skills.” The competitions included hands on diagnostic repair and procedure, new vehicle repair, job interview skills and demonstration, safety demonstration, and an ASE written test. Joseph won the regional and state SkillsUSA program. Joseph Barry topped out all the other high school competitors from across the country earning him the NLSC Gold Metal in Automotive Maintenance and Light repair.  This is Doherty High School first 1st place at SkillsUSA.

This was his first ever attempt at the SkillsUSA Title in automotive.

Ian Gregor, who graduated from DHS Automotive and Placed 2nd  in 2018 at NLSC and is currently enrolled in PPCC for post-secondary  eligibility. Ian competed in the College level Auto Service Technology.  Ian earned his position at the NLSC Event by winning the regional and state SkillsUSA competitions in Colorado early 2019 and prepared for NLSC at Doherty High School throughout June. In an interview

Ian Gregor’ s combined high score beat out all of the College competitors from across the country earning him the NLSC Gold Metal in Auto Service Technology. The most difficult competition within the automotive industry.

The competitions have awarded Ian with tools for his career in the automotive world.

Both Ian and Joseph are qualified for the World SkillsUSA event in Beijing, China in 2023!