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Vermont auto students compete for chance at scholarship dollars

Auto Skills Competition 2014

Innovation and ingenuity will be on display at the New England Dragway in Epping New Hampshire as the brightest young automotive minds from Northern New England gather to compete for millions of dollars in scholarships and prizes in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition. (Image courtesy of AAA)

Innovation and ingenuity will be on display at the New England Dragway in Epping New Hampshire as the brightest young automotive minds from Northern New England gather to compete for millions of dollars in scholarships and prizes in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition. (Image courtesy of AAA)

— Innovation and ingenuity will be on display at the New England Dragway in Epping New Hampshire as the brightest young automotive minds from Northern New England gather to compete for millions of dollars in scholarships and prizes in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition.

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the prestigious event May 3, as well as 30 years AAA has been involved in the Student Auto Skills competition; Ford Motor Company began its partnership with the competition 20 years ago. This year also marks the first time in history that an “all girls” team will compete in the Vermont state competition.

Twenty juniors and seniors representing 10 high schools across Vermont will meet in Epping NH to face –off in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition.

The students will race the clock to correctly identify and repair intentionally installed “bugs” in identical Ford vehicles after properly diagnosing and repairing the vehicle, teammates must drive their Ford across the finish line, where their accuracy and workmanship will be judged. In addition to receiving scholarships and prizes, the winning team will represent Vermont at the National Finals June 8-10 at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. There they will compete against students from 49 other states for the national title.

Vermont top 10 teams:

NORTHWEST TECHNOLGY CENTER-SAINT ALBANS

STUDENTS: Derrick Bourgeois, Alburgh; Bryan Deyette, Fairfield

INSTRUCTOR: Adam Vincelette

COLD HOLLOW CAREER CENTER-ENOSBURG FALLS

STUDENTS: Will Stanley, Enosburg Falls; Kenyon Jacobs-Martin, Richford

INSTRUCTOR: Baxter Weed

CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY ESSEX-ESSEX JUNCTION

STUDENTS: Nikolaus Wright-Brunelle, Huntington; Alex Kreissle, Grand Isle

INSTRUCTOR: Dan Clark

CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY ESSEX-ESSEX JUNCTION

STUDENTS: Amanda Gratton, Milton; Rylee Small, Grand Isle

INSTRUCTOR: Gary Swan

GREEN MOUNTAIN TECHNICAL & CAREER CENTER-HYDE PARK

STUDENTS: Michael Maxfield, Johnson; Garrett Mayo, Hardwick

INSTRUCTOR: Todd Bedard

ST. JOHNSBURY ACADEMY- ST. JOHNSBURY

STUDENTS: Troy Leonard, St. Johnsbury; Jerry Mcclellan, East Hardwick

INSTRUCTOR: Bret Bourgeois

LYNDON INSTITUTE-LYNDON

STUDENTS: Tucker Sizen, Sutton; Kristian Switser, Sutton

INSTRUCTOR: Daniel Camber

STAFFORD TECHNICAL CENTER-RUTLAND

STUDENTS: Howard Waldron III, Rutland; Gryphon Day, Shrewsbury

INSTRUCTOR: James Woodward

SOUTHWEST VERMONT CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER-BENNINGTON

STUDENTS: Bradley Hollister, Shafsbury; Anthony Devito-Ely, Bennington

INSTRUCTOR : Tom Haskins

WINDHAM REGIONAL CAREER CENTER-BRATTLEBORO

STUDENTS: Ryan Duford, Brattleboro; Aaron Graham, Hinsdale

INSTRUCTOR: Jim Valliere

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