Shoreham-Wading River School District

Another victory for auto tech students — this time a national title

The victories keep rolling in for John DeLuca and Evan Wagner.

The teenagers won first place at the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association National Automotive Technology Competition earlier this month. John, a senior at Shoreham-Wading River High School, and Evan, a senior at Eastport-South Manor High School, had qualified for the competition by winning two prior competitions — a regional and then states in February.

The national competition was held April 17-18 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York.

The boys are both students at the Academy of Applied Technology at the Ward Technical Center at Eastern Suffolk BOCES in Riverhead.

“They’re hardworking and they excel,” their teacher, Mike O’Hara, said in an interview in February. “To do these competitions right, a lot of training goes in.”

Photo caption: John DeLuca, center, and Evan Wagner, celebrate their latest victory. (Credit: Courtesy SWR School District)