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Caddo Tech High School students win state auto skills contest

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CCTC students Christopher Stuteville (center) and Kendall Lawson (right) hoist the First Place Trophy as their instructor, Gary Weese, beams with pride. CCTC students Christopher Stuteville (center) and Kendall Lawson (right) hoist the First Place Trophy as their instructor, Gary Weese, beams with pride.
Two teams from CCTC represented the first and third best high school auto tech teams in the state, and one team will advance to the national Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills contest at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. in June. Two teams from CCTC represented the first and third best high school auto tech teams in the state, and one team will advance to the national Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills contest at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. in June.
CCTC students Samuel Deras (left) and Gerry Alley pose with instructor Daryl Oliver after placing third in the Louisiana Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills contest held May 1, 2014 in Alexandria, La. CCTC students Samuel Deras (left) and Gerry Alley pose with instructor Daryl Oliver after placing third in the Louisiana Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills contest held May 1, 2014 in Alexandria, La.

Second Caddo team grabs third place honors

METAIRIE, La. - A two-student team from Caddo Career and Technology Center in Shreveport overcame the best in the state to win the 2014 Louisiana Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills challenge while their schoolmates took third place honors.

Christopher Stuteville and Kendall Lawson moved one step closer to becoming the best student automotive technicians in the country by winning the Louisiana competition on May 1 in Alexandria, La. Stuteville, Lawson and their instructor Gary Weese now advance to the 2014 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills national competition in Dearborn, Mich., June 8-10.

Caddo Career and Technology Center students Gerry Alley and Samuel Deras placed third in the state hands-on competition. Their instructor is Daryl Oliver.

The contest, designed to find the most talented young auto technicians in the United States, is open to all high school juniors and seniors enrolled in automotive technology courses and is designed to encourage automotive technology students from across the country to pursue careers in the automotive industry by learning about high-tech equipment, the need to be well trained, and complex, modern vehicle systems.

At the national competition, Stuteville and Lawson will square off against teams from the 49 other states in a two-part contest comprised of a written exam and a hands-on vehicle repair exercise. The hands-on repair portion requires competitors to accurately diagnose and fix identically "bugged" Ford vehicles.

For winning the state competition, Stuteville and Lawson earned scholarships to Ford Motor Co.'s ASSET program and more than $20,000 in other scholarship opportunities and prizes. Alley and Deras also earned partial scholarships to Ford's ASSET program and more than $5,000 in other scholarship opportunities and prizes. Scholarships totaling more than $110,000 were made available to Louisiana teams participating in the competition.

This is the first time that a school from North Louisiana has won this event. Most of the other schools that have won this event have their students for 4 years of training.

Stuteville and Lawson qualified for participation in the state hands-on portion of the contest by scoring highest among their classmates on an online exam. They then faced nine of the best two-person teams in the state in a race against the clock to identify and repair identically bugged parts, beginning with a vehicle that won't start.

The Louisiana contest was held at the Alexandria Riverfront Center. Rhett Duplechin and Jerred Keill of Westlake High School in Westlake, La. placed second.

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