Auto tech students place third

Barnwell County Career Center students Christopher Ray (BHS junior) and Jordan Ward (BHS senior) qualified for the Ford/AAA student auto skills contest this year. Only 10 teams from the state can make it to this level in the competition.
AAA and Ford Motor Company cosponsor the competition, which encourages talented young people to pursue careers as automotive service technicians. AAA and Ford wholeheartedly support this objective and are committed to this program as an investment in the future of our young people and improved automotive service for AAA members, Ford Motor Company customers and all motorists.
Each participating instructor selects his best 11th or 12th grade automotive technology students to take the state qualifying exam which is taken online and administered by a test administrator at the school. Barnwell County Career Center students took the online exam on February 12, 2013, in Mr. Easterling's computer lab. Mr. Easterling was the proctor for the test.
The 10 teams scoring highest on the state qualifying exam then move on to the "hands-on" state finals scheduled each year in late April or early May. In the "hands-on" competition, new Ford Motor Company vehicles are uniformly "bugged" so that each team has identical malfunctions to diagnose and repair. The competition requires repairs to be made with the highest quality workmanship in the lowest total time.
Christopher Ray and Jordan Ward participated in the hands-on competition that was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C., on May 4, 2013. The car used this year was the 2013 Ford Focus SE. Mr. Michael Nix of Whittle Motor Co., Williston, and Mr. Howard Bush of B&B Ford, Barnwell, allowed the students' instructor, Mr. Hollis Fenn, to train the students on vehicles at the dealerships. This was important to the students achieving their 3rd place finish in the competition this year.