Two Thomson High students are getting ready for the national stage.
William Shelton of Thomson and Phillip Edwards of Thomson recently took first place in the Georgia finals of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills contest and are heading to the national finals at Ford World Headquarters on June 29 in Dearborn, Mich.Ý
Since 1998, automotive teams from Thomson High School has not finished out of the top two in the state -- 14 winners and three runner-ups. THS teams have traditionally done well at the national level as well, finishing in the top ten five times.
The state championship was determined by the combination of a written qualifying exam and the team's performance in a hands-on competition to quickly and accurately repair a deliberately disabled Ford vehicle.Ý The team's instructor is Chan Drake.
The contest illustrates the need for more students to enter the automotive technology field.Ý As the population of the United States ages, it is estimated that 10 technicians are retiring for every two young people choosing the career.
The Student Auto Skills contest will award more than $5 million in scholarships and prizes nationwide and is held to encourage students to pursue rewarding career opportunities in automotive service.