ORHS Automotive & Welding Students to Compete Locally at Top Wrench

Over 50 Oak Ridge High School (ORHS) students will compete against their east Tennessee peers at the 31st Annual Top Wrench Competition on Thursday, April 6, at Crown College in Powell, Tenn. Students will showcase their automotive repair, wheel changing, welding and custom paint skills through hands-on competition. Winning teams are awarded cash prizes and scholarships.

The competition will feature the following challenges and contests:

  1. Static Engine Challenge
  2. Computer Control Car Challenge
  3. Pit Crew Challenge
  4. Welding/Fabrication Contest
  5. Technical Welding Contest
  6. Live Welding Contest
  7. Custom Paint Contest
  8. Valve Cover Race

Top Wrench is a non-profit vocational program developed for high school students as an introduction to team building and basic technical skills as they prepare for careers in the automotive field.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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