July 8, 2010
Writer: Writer: Ryan Kunz

Two Brigham Young University-Idaho automotive technology students, Derik Smith and Stan Jagielski, won first place in the Idaho SkillsUSA competition and went on to place fifth in their respective competitions in the national competition in Kansas City, Mo.

Jagielski, of Rexburg, competed in the Automotive Service Technology category, an eight-hour contest involving diagnosing, measuring, testing and repairing various automobile systems.

Smith, of Grangeville, Idaho, solved mathematical problems with technical applications in the Related Technical Math category.

Nationwide, approximately 20,000 college automotive students began the competition at the local level in eight categories.

"These two students are examples of all the excellent students in the automotive program at BYU-Idaho," said Justin Miller, a faculty member of the Department of Automotive Technology. "They have gone on to represent this university in a very positive way. These contests were challenging, but Stan and Derik have shown us that BYU-I students can measure up with the best university students of the nation."

SkillsUSA is an organization for high school and college students and professionals enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled and service occupations.