Topeka Boy Rolls Into Sonic Competition

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-A Topeka High School junior is rolling into San Diego and skating for prize money in a National competition Tuesday.

16-year-old Austin Soriano submitted a 2 minute online video of his roller skating skills and that is what earned him a spot in the competition.

Austin Soriano says he's always felt like an underdog but he shines when he roller skates at work at the Sonic Drive-in at 21st and Western Avenue.

His customer service and roller skating skills earned him a spot in the Sonic Skate Off 2013 competition in San Diego.

He is one of the 8 finalists chosen by judges out of 150 applicants all over the nation.

"It's a really big, really big opportunity for me," says Austin.

Austin says he will show off his skating tricks in the competition's obstacle course. Judges will look at how speedily he serves an order
and how he treats customers. Topeka customers say he already does a fine job.

"Austin was very considerate, he listened, and he really didn't mind or wasn't eager that he couldn't or wasn't earning or thinking about tip money, he just did it because he loves doing it, he loves skating and loves serving people," says Austin's customer, Doreen Overman.

"I really hope he wins, he has what it takes to be a winner," says Sonic Operating Partner, Mohammad Amanullah who will be traveling with Austin to San Diego for the competition.

As the youngest contestant, he is determined to win the title of top carhop and the $1,500 prize.

"I think I should win, because I'm not going to give up. I don't give up on tasks like this. I'm going to give 120% and make everybody proud," says Austin.

The winner will receive new skates. First place wins $1500, second place wins $1000 and third place wins $500. Austin says if he wins he will use the money on his car.