20 Arizona Teens Advance to State Auto Competition

Phoenix, April 17, 2013. Gentlemen, start your engines…if you can! On Friday, May 3, teens from across the state will compete in the state finals of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition at Glendale Community College.

At the competition, two-person teams from 10 Arizona high schools will race against the clock – and each other – to correctly identify and fix installed bugs in identical 2013 Ford Focus SE vehicles. 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.

“Each year, the Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition brings together the best of the country’s future top automotive technicians,” said Don Nunnari, vice president of automotive services for AAA Arizona. “The competition is just one of the ways in which AAA and Ford demonstrate their commitment to the community and builds awareness of career opportunities in the automotive service industry.”

Based on scores from an online qualifying exam, students from the following schools were selected to compete in this year’s competition:

High School






Stephen Maish

Shawn Brown
Richard Krajewski

East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT)


Randy Golding

Brighton Hornbaker

Thomas Reeves

Flowing Wells


Jerrad Mcmurrich

Hung Dinh

Robert Wineinger



Jonathan Strait

David Lehrer

Corey Hermann



Norm Champagne

Heriberto Gutierrez

Michael Butler



Donald Zell

Evan Cloutier

Kevin Reich



Mickey Chaney

Raymond Federwisch

Chase Beazer



Seth Levy

Lucas Montano-Kowaleski

Jose Guerrero



Edward Taylor

Keith Vigus

Daniel Ward

Sunrise Mountain


Scott Hereder

Shawn Kuroswki

Gabriel Yost

"We are thrilled to once again host the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition at Glendale Community College. This competition, highlighting the incredible skills and aptitude of high school students in Arizona, also underscores our college's commitment to high-end technical career training. We celebrate all the students who've already demonstrated excellence by being selected to compete in this year’s competition,” said Dr. Irene Kovala, president of Glendale Community College

The competition will take place at Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Ave., in Glendale. The contest begins at 10:15 a.m. Friday, May 3, and will conclude with an award ceremony at 12:15 p.m.

The winning team members not only receive scholarships and prizes but also will represent Arizona at the National Finals at Ford World Headquarters June 9-11 in Dearborn, Mich.

The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills is a nationwide automotive technology competition that offers millions in scholarships and prizes to high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers as automotive service technicians. More than 13,000 students from across the UnitedStates compete for the chance to represent their school and state in the National Finals. The competition tests students’ automotive knowledge, workmanship and problem-solving abilities. For additional information on the competition, visit http://autoskills.aaa.com/