The annual SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas is the largest automotive aftermarket show in the world. Tens of thousands of people pour in to see what’s new, beautiful, and efficient. The industry’s engineers, designers and technicians support youth by sponsoring the “Hotrodders of Tomorrow” contest, in which students from all over the United States compete in a timed event to tear down and rebuild small block engines.
The North Orange County ROP/Loara High
School national first place team poses with their instructors, John
Kasabian (far right), and Russ Bacarella (next to him), the North
Orange County ROP Board of Trustees, and officials and
superintendents of North Orange County ROP and Anaheim Union High
Everybody wants to be seen with these
The North Orange County ROP/Loara High School national first place team poses with their instructors, John Kasabian (far right), and Russ Bacarella (next to him), the North Orange County ROP Board of Trustees, and officials and superintendents of North Orange County ROP and Anaheim Union High School District. Everybody wants to be seen with these national champs!
Former ROP Auto Technician (AT) instructor
Russ Bacarella (now teaching at Cypress College and recruiting
students who finish ROP classes), and AT instructor John Kasabian
took two North Orange County ROP teams from Loara High School in
Anaheim to the contest in November.
One of the teams took first place, and the other placed
tenth. How long did it
take the winning team to dismantle and rebuild the engine?
Would you believe 20 minutes and 51 seconds?
The 10th place team did the work in about the same time, but
had time penalties added for a total of 31.08.
To qualify for the national event, the teams placed first and
second in the Edelbrock “Hotrodders of Tomorrow” competition last
What’s their secret to
success? Practice, practice, practice! John, Russ, and ROP AT
instructor Dave Endo spent many hours with these students after
school and on weekends practicing .
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Jon Sana, a senior at Western High School, used the CPR skills he learned in Christine Auble’s Medical Careers class to save the life of another person who was down on the ground in the parking lot at McDonald’s, whose lips were turning blue, and who had no pulse. The paramedics who arrived on scene commended him for saving that student’s life. Jon was recognized with a certificate and heartfelt appreciation from the superintendent, Dr. Michael Worley, and the North Orange County ROP Board of Trustees at the January meeting. Printable PDF Ξ
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