Peoria Students Represent State at National Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills

High school auto repair contest awards nearly $12 million in scholarships, prizes

Phoenix, Ariz. June 7, 2012 – Next week, Centennial High School students Eric Stover and David Mora will compete for the possibility of being crowned “America’s Best Student Auto Technicians” in the National Finals of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition. The students will also have a chance to win thousands in scholarship dollars and the opportunity to earn a job shadow experience with NASCAR’s Wood Brother’s Racing and Trevor Bayne.

Both Stover and Mora, led by instructor Steve Maish will represent Arizona against pairs of students from all 50 states at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan on June 12, 2012.

“Each year, the Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition brings together the country’s best future top automotive technicians, and offers them the opportunity to advance their careers,” said Don Nunnari, vice president of automotive services for AAA Arizona. “We’re thrilled for the team from Centennial and wish them the best of luck.”

At the National Finals, Stover and Mora will have their automotive skills tested with a written exam and timed event during which they will be required to diagnose and repair intentionally installed “bugs” on a 2012 Ford Fiesta.

The road to the National Finals requires much preparation. To earn their spots, Stover and Mora had to achieve one of the top ten scores in Arizona in an online test of their automotive knowledge. They then advanced to the State Finals, where they competed against nine other pairs of high school students in a hands-on competition similar to what they will experience at the national level.

Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills offers more than $12 million in scholarships each year to help students advance their automotive technical education.

The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills is a nationwide automotive technology competition that offers nearly $12 million in scholarships and prizes to high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers as automotive service technicians.  More than 12,500 students from across the U.S. 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