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Taking a chance on automotive

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William Evans-Legette is interning at Griffin Toyota and plans to continue working on cars. William Evans-Legette is interning at Griffin Toyota and plans to continue working on cars. Richmond County Schools

HAMLET — Growing up, William Evans-Legette, a senior at Richmond Senior High School, said his dad was always working on old-school cars and the love for it grew inside of him as he got older.  


“It just grew and grew,” he said. “And when I figured out you could do something in that kind of field, I took a chance to do it.  

Evans-Legette began taking automotive and advanced manufacturing classes while at Richmond Senior. He said it helped him learn more in addition to what his father taught him growing up. At his internship at Griffin Toyota, he is learning a variety of tasks including how to change fuel  pumps, balance tires, diagnostics, and do North Carolina inspections.  

Tony Clewis, the automotive teacher at Richmond Senior, describes Evans-Legette as a “really good kid” and that he’s “very conscientious about what he does.”  

“He’s above his years,” said Clewis. “He’s particular about his work and wants to get it done right. He’s very self-motivated so you don’t have to tell him what to do, and he’s very resilient.”  

At the end of his internship and after he graduates, Evans-Legette would like to continue working with cars. He’s also thinking about furthering his education at Sandhills Community College to take their automotive class.  

“The CTE program is great and has gotten me to where I want to be and where I want to go,” said Evans-Legette. “They give you opportunities in things you want to do.