High school students compete in automotive skills competition

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - The best and the brightest young auto technicians from across the state put their skills up against the clock.

High school juniors and seniors who scored highest on a written test earlier this year got to put their knowledge to use Tuesday at SUNY Morrisville for the Ford/AAA Students Automotive Skills Competition.

Students had 90 minutes to fix Fords that were bugged with identical problems without damaging the vehicles. Some of the problems were a little more complex than others.

"They're judged on fixing the vehicle, and also workmanship," said Dan Akers, instructor at SUNY Morrisville. "If they damage the vehicle, that's a demerit for workmanship."

First place winners were Charles G. May Career and Technology from Mount Morris. Second place went to OCM BOCES Henry Campus in Syracuse and third place went to Thomas A. Edison High School in Jamaica, NY.

Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES placed fifth in the competition.

The winner will compete in Detroit on June 11-12.

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