Twenty high school students from across Ohio recently put their automotive knowledge to the test as they competed in the 64th annual Ford/AAA Auto Skills State Competition at Owens Community College.
Sponsored by the Ford Motor Co. and AAA, the state contest challenged 10 high school teams, consisting of two students to complete various testing to determine their knowledge about automobiles.
The teams were required to locate, identify and repair malfunctions on new 2013 Ford Focus SE vehicles, which were donated by the Hertz Corp. Once the vehicle was properly diagnosed and repaired, each team drove across the finish line, where vehicles were inspected by a team of judges comprised of automotive industry professionals.
|Penta Career Center students (L to R) Brad Teigland, of Swanton, and
Trevor Felhaber, of Oak Harbor, attempt to “debug” their vehicle during
the state competition at Owens.
The top teams were awarded scholarships and prizes with the championship team also advancing to the National Finals at the Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich., June 9-12.
The state championship went to Coshocton County Career Center in Coshocton (Matthew Krasky and Kane Wilkie of Coshocton), while Penta Career Center in Perrysburg (Brad Teigland of Swanton and Trevor Felhaber of Oak Harbor) finished in second place.
More than 12,000 students from across the United States annually compete for the chance to represent their school and state in the National Finals. The Ford/AAA Auto Skills State Competitions will offer nearly $12 million in scholarships this year to students at both the state and national levels.