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May 9, 2014 at 2:18 PM

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Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills State Competition


Twenty students from Washington State high schools compete for scholarship money and the opportunity to travel to Dearborn, Michigan for the finals in the annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition at Renton Technical College. The twenty students qualified for the finals by first taking an online preliminary exam. Seen here, Prairie High School seniors Cole Hoffmann, left, and Trevor Peterson, right, work to solve all the car's issues. They finished just under the wire at 89-minutes, taking second place.

Two students each representing their high school were assigned one of 10 2014 Ford Fiesta cars that had 10 "bugs" planted for the students to diagnose using computer readouts and their instincts. Each car had the same 10 issues, including not starting. They had 90-minutes to track down all the problems and drive it out of the school garage. After they fixed the car the two students and an adviser drove the car to a nearby parking lot to be analyzed by professional mechanics. Each car had a work order describing the ten issues.

The winning crew was from Tri-Tech Skills Center in Kennewick, Wash. Tri-Tech students Roman Zolotnyuk and Tucker Cannon, will travel to Dearborn, Michigan for the National competition at Ford World Headquarters, June 8-10.


Prairie High students displayed their tools on the floor for quick access.

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