Burnaby, British Columbia – Students from three secondary schools in British Columbia have won automotive scholarships in the Auto Skills Competition sponsored by the BCAA, BCIT and B.C. Ford Dealers on May 1, 2010.

Each student from the top three teams won an automotive scholarship to the post secondary institution of their choice and an open scholarship to BCIT’s automotive program.

First place went to David Hind and Brad La Rose of Cowichan Secondary School in Duncan. They won the scholarships, tools and diagnostic equipment worth almost $5,000, along with a Ford Focus for their automotive department courtesy of MSA Ford in Abbotsford and Steve Marshall Ford in Nanaimo.

Second place went to Anthony Assalone and Mitchell Testani from Centennial Secondary in Coquitlam, while third place went to Leon Chandler and Alex Pyne of Britannia Secondary in Vancouver. Both teams also received various tools and equipment.

Students from Abbotsford, Maple Ridge, Penticton, Qualicum Beach, Salmon Arm and Terrace also entered the event, now in its 20th year. To qualify for the hands-on competition, students completed a written exam to test their knowledge of complex automotive systems, and then each two-student team had to correctly diagnose and repair identical malfunctions deliberately installed in vehicles within 90 minutes. The team that successfully repaired the most number of “bugs” was declared the winner.

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