WALLENPAUPACK - The success continues for Wallenpaupack automotive students who work hard. Yet again, for the fourth straight year, two students will travel to New York City to compete in the National Automotive Technology Competition at the Jacob Javits Center.

Seniors Logan Carney and Hunter Moser surpassed automotive students from across the state, in the Pennsylvania Automotive Association (PAA) competition and now, they will be tasked with trying to beat automotive students from across the country when they address 10 workstations that include: heating, ventilation and conditioning, aliment and suspension, engine simulator and more; each within 30 minutes as well as fixing “bugs” in a 2017 Subaru Legacy at the national competition.

The state competition was similar to the nationals, except the students only had 15 minutes to complete the workstations. With that time, Carney said the stretch was tight at points. To prepare, not focusing on the time, the team has been “practicing for accuracy.”

Dr. Mark Watson who has taken WAHS students to the competition each year, said Carney and Moser have been putting the time in to succeed, because the reality is that, whether they win or not, they will have learned more because “hard work equates to something good.”

Both Carney and Moser said they have been driven by the potential prizes they could receive, that include full scholarships, tools and a great note on their resume. The awards aside, Moser who has been around cars his entire life since his family owns a restoration business in White Mills, said he likes the field because he enjoys working with his hands.

With so many Wallenpaupack students winning in years past, Carney said there was some pressure since they didn’t want to “break the streak.” To which, Moser said there is a “weight on your shoulders” but everyone has been supportive.

The success of previous WAHS auto students, Moser said has been an inspiration for the team. Carney said seeing Nick Schroeder and Tony Litz win the national competition two years ago, made him realize early on, how big of a competition it is.

To train for the state competition, Schwarz Buick GMC lent the students a 2017 Buick Lacrosse. The challenge of that car, Moser said was the “complicated” electrical system. But, after working on the car, they realized it wasn’t hard because “its still a car, it still runs on gas.”

The best part of working on a car, Moser said is seeing a satisfied customer. Carney said he enjoys knowing how to fix the problem, that others may not know how too. Someday, Moser would like to open his own restoration shop to work on older vehicles. Carney however, would like to work at a high-end dealership where he would “work on cool cars everyday” he said.

For the national competition the students will have to work on a 2017 Subaru Legacy. A few weeks before the competition, the students were at odds because Watson was having trouble finding a car to practice on. But, they eventually did. Of the Subaru, Moser said the computer system and motor are “complicated.”

At the national competition, 60 percent of their score will come from the workstations and 40 percent is fixing bugs within the car. To complete each section, the students will have three hours. Of the work, Watson said the students must prepare, but at the same time they should have “fun.” He was confident in the students, because it was evident how driven Carney and Moser are for the prizes.

With the continual success of Wallenpaupack automotive students, at the competitions Watson is known. That, Moser said has “increased the competition” as other teams want to beat the Wallenpaupack students. The rivalry, the pair sees as motivation, in part because many of their competitors are from career tech schools.

Watson’s drive for the students to succeed, in itself, Moser said has been an inspiration for the team as they’ve seen the success of the Wallenpaupack automotive program and for that, they are grateful to him.

Trying to find a Subaru, put the team in a “little bit of a bind” said Watson. He saw it, however, as a learning experience. The snow days too, were an issue as it was training time lost. Looking forward to the competition, Watson said “it will be fun” because they will be working to fix an automobile.

Going against the best automotive high school students in the country, Moser said isn’t intimidating. To which, Carney noted that they are the “best in the country besides us.”