Oregon team wins Ford repair contest; Michigan is 29th

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Morgan White and Jay Saunders, high schoolers from Vale, Oregon, on Tuesday were named America’s top auto technicians after besting peers from around the country at fixing a bugged 2015 Ford Mustang fastback.

The students won the annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Finals, held at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, after diagnosing and repairing a number of mechanical, electrical and digital defects on the Mustang. The two-person student teams were graded on quality repair workmanship and safety. Their scores were combined with the results of a written examination taken on June 8.

In addition to the title, White and Saunders won over $12 million in scholarship prizes, as well as a week-long job shadowing experience with Wood Brothers Racing’s No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion team.

The student team from Michigan placed 29th overall.

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