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Mountain Lions Win Universal Technical Institute Top Tech Challenge

Simon Johnson & Isaac Cuthbertson, posing under banner for placing 1st in the UTI Top Tech Challenge Two Mountain View High School Students, Simon Johnson and Isaac Cuthbertson, placed first in the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Top Tech Challenge, an event that brought together two-person student teams from 21 high schools to test their knowledge of automotive tools, systems, and repair procedures in a competition. The each received a $10,000 scholarship to UTI should they choose to attend, and the MVHS shop received a large Snap-On tool box with tools. 

The competition consisted of a written test with the team scores averaged.  Following the written test, students went to four stations to complete 10-minute timed hands-on trouble shooting events to complete and be graded. 

“When the competition opened, these two students immediately came to mind, though we have plenty of talent to choose from,” said automotive instructor Kenneth Meeks. “I have observed their team work at its best in class, and they complement each other very well.” 

Simon Johnson is a junior, a third year auto student and the vice president of the auto club.  

“He is our go-to student to get things done, very dependable and motivated. He is always looking for opportunities for the club and the auto program, and he has natural leadership skills – always jumping in to help his fellow students,” said Mr. Meeks. 

Isaac Cuthbertson is also a junior and third year auto student.  

“Isaac is very knowledgeable, dependable, and has been working on cars at home for many years. He is in the process of building an engine for his truck that he takes to local car events,” added Mr. Meeks. 

Congratulations, Simon and Isaac, for placing first in this event!