May 02, 2008 18:40 ET

New Mexico High School Students Compete to Be the Best Auto Technician in the State

ALBUQUERQUE, NM--(Marketwire - May 2, 2008) -

What:      FORD/AAA STUDENT AUTO SKILLS, a fast-paced hands-on contest to
           diagnose and repair deliberately "bugged" vehicles.

When:      Saturday, May 3, 2008   Competition 10:00 AM (sharp)-11:30 a.m.

Where:     CNM Workforce Training Center, 5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE (north of
           Alameda and west of I-25 frontage road)

Who:       High school juniors and seniors from around the state enrolled
           in high school automotive technology courses.

Why:       Prizes and scholarships will be awarded at the state level to
           high school students. The winning team will represent New Mexico
           at the national finals in Dearborn, Michigan, in June for a
           chance to win additional scholarships to further their education
           and to be recognized by AAA and Ford as the best student auto
           technician in the country.

           The winning national team and a chaperone will job shadow David
           Ragan's pit crew at Roush Fenway Racing's shop in Concord, N.C.
           and then fly with the team to the Sprint Cup race in Joliet,
           Ill. the weekend of July 12.

           The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the auto industry will
           need 35,000 new technicians every year through 2010. Ford and
           AAA have joined together to assure the next generation of well-
           trained auto technicians will be there to provide service to the
           motoring public.

History:   Last year, more than 6,000 high school juniors and seniors in
           all 50 states competed in the 2007 competition.

The event also will feature the regional finals for the Ford Ultimate Master Technician Contest that pits Ford's finest mechanics against each other for cash and valuable prizes. The winner will go to the national finals.

                 2008 Ford / AAA Student Auto Skills
               Hands-On Participants List - New Mexico

 School                      Instructor                   Students

 Artesia High School         Steven Barley                Orlando Babezuela
                                                          Billie Roach

 Career Enrichment Center    Mark Mulroy                  William Adams
                                                          Dylan Hardy

 Dexter High School          Eric Gomez                   Matt Batista
                                                          Carlos Cruz

 Eldorado High School        Peter Pacheco                John Meisenheimer
                                                          Cale Binspahr

 Gadsden High School         Armando Carrasco             Francisco Segura
                                                          Angel Rivera

 Highland High School        Craig Spreacker              Anthony Marquez
                                                          Elias Lopez

 Magdalena High School       Bryan Baca                   Ryan Milligan
                                                          Ryan Sanders

 New Mexico                  Ricky Najera                 Juan Ornelas
 Junior College                                           Derek Rice

 San Juan College Tech.      Mike Tinski                  Justan Stuart
 Ed. Ctr.                                                 Tyray Jensen

 Valencia High School        Chris Martinez               Nicholas Baca
                                                          Charles Lee

Contact Information

  • For Information Contact:
    Anne O'Ryan
    512-925-3710 (cell)