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Arizona teens test auto skills in state competition

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -

Twenty Arizona teens have advanced to the State Auto Competition, but only two would come out on top. It's their love of cars that got them this far.

The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition took place at Glendale Community College Friday.

"So we have teams from Prescott, Yuma, Tucson and of course three of four from Phoenix."

Two-person teams from 10 Arizona high schools will race against the clock and each other. Their goal -- figure out what's wrong with their car and fix the problems.

"They'll have lighting problems, they'll have A/C problems, they have an hour and a half to fix it," says Steve Maish, Centennial High automotive instructor.

Once the bugs have been diagnosed and repaired, the teams will drive across the finish line where their work will be inspected for accuracy and quality.

"We did a pretty good job. There were some pretty good challenges on this vehicle," said the winning team from Marana High School.

Both are excited about their future on the automotive industry.

"Work at Ford someday, probably have my own shop, work on cars all day."

"The neat thing for them is that they are feeling so good about themselves. For all 20 of these students, their self-esteem has been boosted by a turbo from this contest," says Maish.

Next month, the Marana team will go on to represent Arizona in the national finals at Ford world headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.


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