From left to right: Alex Grover, Instructor John Carmichael, Noah Ufkin. Photo Courtesy AAA.
PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Two Maine high school students are heading to the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition national finals next month after winning the regional competition Saturday.
The competition was held yesterday at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire.
Twenty students representing ten high schools across Maine competed for the right to represent the state at the national competition next month.
Students had to put their automotive skills to the test by fixing mechanical problems on their assigned Ford cars. The team that fixed all problems on its car first won the competition.
Noah Ufkin from New Gloucester and Alex Grover from North Yarmouth were the winners, fixing their car in just under an hour.
Both Ufkin and Grover are students at Portland Arts and Technology.
"It was very stressful and nerve-racking," Ufkin said. "You have people next to you that get things done before you, so then you try to rush, and then you will miss things."
While the students acknowledge the event was stressful, they are happy all of their hard work paid off.
"It was definitely a blast," Alex Grover said. "It was so much fun to just go down there and experience something new."
As part of winning the event, Ufkin and Grover also received scholarship money to study at Central Maine Community College this fall.
The two students will represent Maine at the national finals at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan next month.