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Riverton High School Team Wins Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition!

UPDATE: Riverton High duo makes school history in auto competition, The Salt Lake Tribune, August 2, 2012

On June 10-12, Jordan Kearns and Chandler Adkins competed in the national Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition at the Ford Motor Company Headquarters in Dearborn Michigan. Jordan and Chandler competed against teams from all 50 states as they raced against the clock to diagnose and repair purposefully placed “bugs” in their assigned vehicle. Jordan and Chandler worked flawlessly as a team to repair the digital, mechanical, and electrical bugs. Their skill and perseverance lead them to a fourth place finish!

“Fourth place is the highest Utah has ever placed in the national Ford/AAA Automotive Competition,” said Dave Milliken, Skilled and Technical Education Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education. “This is a wonderful achievement and Jordan and Chandler should be very proud of their accomplishment. Jordan and Chandler represented Riverton High School and the state of Utah extremely well,” said Milliken.

Related articles:
Utah students take fourth in national auto repair competition, Salt Lake Tribune, June 15, 2012.
High school students compete in Ford/AAA auto skills contest in front of Glass House, Press & Guide, Dearborn, MI, June 14, 2012.

On Thursday, April 26, 2012, ten high school teams from across the state gathered together at the Salt Lake Community College Miller Campus to compete in the 19th Annual Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition.

The Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition is a national competition for high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career as an automotive service technician. Two-person teams, who received the highest score, are selected to advance to the state finals after taking an online exam.

At the state finals each team is tested on their ability to trouble-shoot, correctly diagnose, and repair an intentionally bugged vehicle. This hands-on competition not only tests the students’ automotive knowledge and problem solving skills, but also tests their ability to work under pressure as they race against the clock to complete the assigned task.

The following teams competed for a spot at the national Ford/AAA competition:

1st Place – Riverton High School
Teacher: Jay Hales
Student Team: Jordan Kearns and Chandler Adkins

2nd Place – Southwest ATC
Teachers: Wade Esplin and Bob Butler
Student Team: Sam Tanner and Josh Clark

3rd Place – Hunter High School
: Matt Proctor
Student Team: Kevin R De Young and Jordan L Huffman

4th Place – Woods Cross High School
Teacher: Evan Kirk
Student Team: Sam Snyder and Gerardo Flores

5th Place – Clearfield High School
: Ed Schirner
Student Team: Chris D Bingham and Travis M Ellis

6th Place – Northridge High School
Teacher: Ken Bunce
Student Team: Adam Brady and Tye Brookshire

7th Place – Layton High School
Teacher: Corey Spencer
Student Team: Aaron C Hirschi and Cody J Cook

8th Place – Fremont High School
Teacher: Arne Erisoty
Student Team: Kyler N Creager and Andrew K Wayment

9th Place – Provo High School
Teacher: Seth MeVea
Student Team: Tom Burton and Zack Smith

10th Place – Timpview High School
Teacher: Rich Lamb
Student Team: Chandler R Taylor and Brandon L Gray

Jordan Kearns and Chandler Adkins from Riverton High School worked in tandem as they checked for nine bugged parts in the 2012 Ford Fusion that they worked on for 90 minutes placing first in the competition.

Jordan Kearns and Chandler Adkins now advance to the national competition held June 10-12, 2012, at Ford Motor Company Headquarters, Dearborn, Michigan. The grand prize at the national competition is a job shadow with Trevor Bayne, NASCAR’s Wood Brothers Racing.

“This was a very exciting competition this year for the Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition. [The competition] puts students to the test in finding and replacing parts that have been bugged. There were ten teams from [high schools] throughout the state who qualified to participate in the hands-on competition. We had 24 high schools with 362 students who competed in the written exam. From there, the top two student’s scores on the written exam, from each high school, are compared and the top ten move on to the hands-on competition,” said Dave Milliken, Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education.

Related articles:
Riverton High students win auto skills competition, KSL.com, April 26, 2012
Two Riverton High students win automotive scholarships, The Salt Lake Tribune, April 26, 2012

Each year, over 10,000 students representing over 950 automotive technology programs throughout the U.S. compete in the Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition. Learn about the Career and Technical Education Automotive Service Technician Pathway at UtahCTE.org and talk to your school counselor about the available career opportunities in the automotive industry.

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