Pinehurst Student Judges

High School Students Get Special Teaching

Larry Jewett - April 10, 2014 12:00 PM


High school students will join in judging Pinehurst Concours again this year.

Courtesy of Pinehurst Concours

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Twelve teenagers from three local high schools have been selected as “student judges” to assist a world class team of judges at the 2014 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance on May 4 at Pinehurst Resort.
The student judges from North Moore, Pinecrest and Union Pines high schools in Moore County will shadow the event’s judges in 12 different classes to learn the basics of Concours judging while taking a look at select vehicles, interacting with owners and learning details, facts and history of each rare auto.
The high school judges will then select their favorite car from the 119 classics on the show field and convince Honorary Chairman Bob Ingram of a winner to receive the Chairman’s Award. Last year the students selected a 1970 Plymouth Superbird, owned by Jurgen Stanley of Fayetteville, N.C.
“The student judging program implemented at the Pinehurst Concours is unique,’ said Paul A. Ianuario, Sr., the event’s chief judge. “It exposes young potential car enthusiasts to the world of collector cars in a way no other judging program in the United States does. Not only do the students get to see the cars up close but they get to work with some of the best known and experienced judges in the Concours world.
“In addition, the student gets to work behind the scenes with our judging system and its unique formula for determining winners of each class. Pinehurst is the first Concours to utilize a digital judging notebook on the show field. Who is more familiar than today's youth with all things digital? So our student judges are often an asset and actually contribute to the learning process of the entire team. The teacher becomes the student, and the student becomes the teacher. Everyone goes away smarter,” added Ianuario.
Student judges selected for the 2014 vintage auto showcase the first weekend of May include J.W. Dick, Jesse Priest, Michael Morris and Josh May of North Moore; Morgan Rockwell, Paige Bullard, Kevin Moore and Cody Lunday of Pinecrest; Kurtis Baldwin, Jordan Pettitt, Zachary Riley and Diego Vallejo Garcia of Union Pines. Rockwell and Moore return from last year’s student judging roster.
One of the 12 local student judges will be awarded a Pinehurst Concours Automotive Scholarship to Sandhills Community College after the vintage showcase. More than $100 million worth of rare cars will be competing in 11 judged classes. More information is available at