Peoria Students Place Tenth at National Competition

Centennial High School team wins additional $48,000 in scholarships

Phoenix, Ariz. June 13, 2012 – Two Centennial High School students took home tenth place at the 63rd annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition Tuesday at the Ford World Headquarters in Michigan. Eric Stover and David Mora each earned $24,000 at the national contest. Combined with their state competition winnings, each student earned a total of $74,000 in automotive scholarships.

Led by instructor Steve Maish, Stover and Mora earned their spot at the nationwide event after placing first in the Arizona Finals in May. At the national finals, the pair raced against the clock and 49 other teams from each state to find deliberately installed “bugs” inside a 2012 Ford Fiesta for a chance to win their share of nearly $12 million in scholarships and prizes.

“AAA congratulates the team from Centennial, and is proud to see an Arizona school earn a top ten spot for the second year in a row,” said Don Nunnari, vice president of automotive services for AAA Arizona. “This competition will provide these students invaluable opportunities to help jumpstart promising careers in the automotive industry.”

At the national competition, Stover and Mora each won scholarships to the nation’s leading automotive technology institutions, including:

  • $10,000 to Automotive Training Center
  • $2,000 to Lincoln Educational Services
  • $12,000 to University of Northwestern Ohio

At the state level, Stover and Mora each won scholarships to other the leading automotive programs including the Ford ASSET Program, and the Universal Technical Institute with values totaling $50,000.

The top ten finishers in the national finals in order were: Kansas, Michigan, Illinois, Utah, Oklahoma, Mississippi, New Mexico, Missouri, New Hampshire and Arizona.

The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills nationwide automotive technology competition offers nearly $12 million in scholarships and prizes to high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers as automotive service technicians. More than 10,000 students from across the nation compete for the chance to represent their school and state as part of a two-person team in the National Finals on the front lawn of Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich.