Oswego County CiTi Students to Compete for Ford/AAA Auto Skills State Title

MEXICO, NY – Twenty high school automotive students from across New York State will travel to Morrisville State College May 7–8 to participate in the State Finals of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition.

Each two-student team will compete in a timed-contest against nine other teams from around the state to correctly identify and fix intentionally installed “bugs” on identical 2015 Ford Fiestas.

Winners of the competition will be awarded scholarship money to jumpstart their careers in the automotive industry and advance to the National Finals, taking place June 7-9 at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich.

The team with the best combined written test and hands-on competition scores wins the national title.

“For more than three decades, the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition has brought together the country’s best future automotive technicians,” said Tony Spada, president and CEO of AAA Western and Central New York. “The competition demonstrates AAA’s and Ford’s commitment to the helping students and building awareness of career opportunities in the automotive service industry.”

The top-ranked automotive technology students selected to compete in this year’s New York State Finals include:

Oswego County CiTi

· Students – Giuseppe Nozzolillo and Kevin Cronk; instructor David Perkins

Each two-student team earned a spot in the New York State finals by receiving one of the state’s top scores in the qualifying online exam.

At the national finals, champions from each state will vie for millions of dollars in scholarships, automotive equipment and a trip to the Wood Brothers Racing facility where the students and instructor will work on race cars and learn from top automotive engineers.

Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills is a nationwide automotive technology competition that offers millions of dollars in scholarships and prizes to high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers as automotive service technicians.

Approximately 12,000 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 http://autoskills.aaa.com/