Oklahoma students honored for outstanding auto skills

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OKLAHOMA -A pair of Oklahoma students have been honored for their auto skills.

Students from Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center in Choctaw have won the Oklahoma Finals of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills contest.

The competition was held this week at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee.

William Eubanks and Andrew Chapman, led by their instructor Jim Lafevers, will represent Oklahoma in the National Finals in June in Dearborn, Mich., in a contest of winning teams from all 50 states.

There, pairs of students will compete in a written exam, testing their automotive knowledge, and then in a hands-on competition held on the front lawn of Ford World Headquarters.

At the Oklahoma Finals, two-person teams of students from technology centers across the state raced to correctly diagnosis and repair intentionally installed “bugs” on identical Ford vehicles. Each pair was judged on speed, accuracy and workmanship.

Capturing both second and third places were teams from Red River Technology Center in Duncan. Instructor Stacy Estes’ students Justin Davidson and Ira Spivey took second and instructor Don Deal’s students Levi Conner and Tanner Kautzman won third place.

Students qualified for the hands-on competition in Okmulgee by virtue of scoring highest on an online automotive technology exam taken by tech center students statewide.

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