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Master mechanics Shane McGinnis, left, and Jake Bryant work on replacing a radiator in mechanic class at Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum.
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Shane McGinnis and Jake Bryant are good with their hands. The Eagle Valley High School seniors are amazing mechanics, and after graduation, McGinnis will work for Scott Green Excavating until choosing the best job for himself (he’s already had offers); while Bryant will attend UTI of Arizona to study mechanics in auto diesel.

McGinnis first realized he was mechanical at the early age of 6.

“I’ve been interested in auto mechanics and cars as far back as I can remember. When I was little, I had a lot of Hot Wheels cars,” says McGinnis. He says the perfect vehicle is the Dodge 3500 Cummins Turbo.

“I like Chevys, but they have a bad diesel motor, and I hate Fords,” says McGinnis. He says that the hardest cars to work on are the imports. “Everything is crammed into the shape of a car ” they are all time-consuming,” he says. The school’s auto shop teacher, Jay Taylor, says McGinnis works hard. “Shane has a ton of potential. I’m really anxious to see where he’ll be in 10 years,” says Taylor.

Bryant was also mechanically-inclined early on, but it wasn’t until the age of 15 that he actually started learning about vehicles.

“I can remember being about 7 years old, and I would take apart everything I could get my hands on,” says Bryant. “Since then, I haven’t changed much, but now I can usually put them back together.” He says the hardest car to work on are the Audis. “They’re very complex with a lot of electronics,” says Bryant. Teachers at the school say that Bryant is a very down-to-earth guy with a great personality. Taylor says of Bryant, “Jake thinks things through ” he has great morals.” Bryant’s perfect car would be an orange and black (with racing stripes) 1970 Chevelle SS with the 572 Chate Engine and 20″ wheels.

Both guys say that having teachers and members of the community believing in them was great. McGinnis credits Taylor, Ron Beard, Mr. Garcia, Mr. Lueders and Scott Green for being there for him. Bryant credits teachers Taylor, Eric Mandeville and Chad Sloniker for helping him during his high school years. His advice to younger students is, “Challenge yourself with goals and once you’ve met your goals, make more. Ask for help from different teachers in different subjects ” and you will succeed.”


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