PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Twenty high school students from across Ohio recently put their knowledge of automobiles 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 involved 10 high school teams, consisting of two students, completing various testing to determine their expertise of automobiles. As part of the practical skills competition, 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 is properly diagnosed and repaired, each team drove across the finish line, where vehicles were inspected by judges, comprised of automotive industry professionals.
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 of Coshocton 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.
Other high schools and students participating in the state competition and their order of finish were Trumbull Career and Technical Center in Warren (Dylan Merkel of Hubbard and Jake Hancock of Bristol), Fort Hayes Career Center in Columbus (Bryan Gearheart of Columbus and Anastasia Salyer of Columbus), Fairmont Career Technical Center in Kettering (Nathan Hall of Centerville and Brandon Boykin of Kettering), Valley Forge High School in Parma Heights (Fadi Abas of Parma and Matt Miller of Parma), Delaware Area Career Center in Delaware (Benjamin Applegate of Lewis Center and Joshua Cummins of Ashley), Tri-Rivers Career Center in Marion (Dustin Morgan of Marion and Jared Redman of Marion), West Shore Career-Technical District in Lakewood (Mark Gruber of Bay Village and Timothy Figueira of Bay Village) and Apollo Career Center in Lima (Christian Stoner of Lima and Chris Dienstberger of Lima).
Over 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.
This marks the fourth time (2003, 2004 and 2012) that Owens has served as host site for the state competition.
Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.