Student mechanics from Bolton, Collierville are Tennessee's best | Schools
Student mechanics from Bolton High and Collierville High were the top two teams in the 63rd annualTennessee Ford/AAA Autoskills competition. Michael Morra and Tim Stewart of Bolton won first place, and Brian Ritchie and Billy Rainey of Collierville placed second.
The Ford/AAA Autoskills competition is a nation-wide automotive technology challenge that brings together the best of the country’s future automotive technicians. At the state finals, student teams raced against the clock to correctly diagnose and repair deliberately “bugged” Ford vehicles. The Bolton and Collierville teams were the only two to find and repair all 10 of the intentionally installed electrical and mechanical “bugs” on their 2012 model Ford Fusions, earning them thousands of dollars in college scholarships and new tools.
Bolton’s Michael Morra and Tim Stewart earned the chance to represent Tennessee in the national Ford/AAA Autoskills competition in Michigan on June 12 by turning in the top combined scores from both the hands-on portion of the challenge and the online exam. They’ll compete for a share of $12 million in college scholarships, the opportunity to earn a NASCAR job shadowing experience and the honor of being crowned “America’s Best Student Auto Technician.”
Paul Frye is the AutomotiveTechnology Instructor at Bolton High, and Phil Kirby teaches Automotive Technology at CHS. Both thank their local Ford dealerships (Dobbs Ford and Lander's Ford) for supporting their Auto Tech program and providing vehicles for their students to practice their competition skills.
Information provided by Shelby County Schools.