Two Wallenpaupack Area Students Honored by Sen. Lisa Baker

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Two Wallenpaupack Area High School seniors from Pike County were recognized by Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20th, for their outstanding accomplishments at recent automotive technology competitions.

On June 3, Nick Schroeder of Palmyra Township and Tony Litz of Lackawaxen Township were recognized in the Pennsylvania Senate chamber for having placed first in the Ford AAA Auto Skills competition at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem and for winning the National Automotive Technology Competition at the Javits Center in New York City. They became the first Pennsylvania team to win the national competition.

Schroeder and Litz, along with instructor Dr. Mark Watson, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Joann Hudak and school board member Robert Schwartz, visited the capitol to meet with Baker and attend a Senate session where they were introduced by Baker who offered remarks from the floor detailing the teens’ accomplishments and wishing them luck at an upcoming competition in Michigan. The two also stood on the Senate floor and posed for pictures with the senator.

Baker noted that the young men’s automotive technology prowess garnered them several awards, totaling more than $225,000 each, which includes scholarships and tools. In addition, the victories included equipment, a vehicle and access to training for their school’s automotive technology department.

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Photo caption: Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20th, stands between Wallenpaupack Area High School seniors Nick Schroeder, left, and Tony Litz, right, on the floor of the Pennsylvania Senate chamber. The duo became the first team from Pennsylvania to win the 2015 National Automotive Technology Competition.

To see video of Sen. Baker’s introductory remarks go to: https://pasen.wistia.com/medias/27gru5hy3x

To hear audio of Sen. Baker’s introductory remarks go to: http://av.pasenategop.com/baker/2015/0615/guests.mp3