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Newton High School teams come in first, second at automotive skills contest

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 7:37 p.m.

A pair of two-man teams from Newton High School swept the state’s annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Kansas State Finals, earning them thousands in scholarship offers from automotive programs across the country.

Carson Voth and Derek Roach won first place and $26,000 in scholarships each at the competition Thursday, which tested students’ automotive knowledge, workmanship and problem-solving abilities, Kansas AAA said in a news release.

David Albrecht and Arizona Creekmore came in second place, each earning $16,000 in offers. Ten teams participated.

Voth and Roach will compete in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Finals, scheduled for June 8-10 at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. There, top teams from each state will vie for additional scholarship money and a job-shadowing experience with Rousch Fenway Racing.

The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills nationwide automotive technology competition offers nearly $12 million in scholarships and prizes annually to high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers as automotive service technicians.

Newton High School has won the Kansas state finals each year since 2011, according to Kansas AAA’s news release. The school also won the national contest in 2012, it said.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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