LAWRENCEVILLE -- Four students from Maxwell High School of Technology will be among the state's best young automotive minds Friday during a qualifying event for the National Student Auto Skills Competition.
An automotive services instructor from the school talked about the competition as he and the team traveled Thursday to the qualifier in Atlanta.
"We're hoping to bring home some trophies," said Eliot Lawrence. "We train our students for real work situations, and this competition mirrors what they would face working in a dealership."
According to a news release, teams will "race against the clock to correctly diagnose and repair a deliberately bugged 2013 Ford Focus SE."
Maxwell's team members include students Fernando Boyzo, Johnathan Prince and Jacob Huckeba, all seniors, and Dale Regan, a junior.
Competitions will continue across the country through May 14 with the top team from each state advancing to the National Finals at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., June 9-11.
Maxwell High School students are competing this week against students from Cherokee High School in Canton; Forsyth Central High School, Cumming; and Sandy Creek High School, Tyrone.
The competition is open to 11th- and 12th-grade students in secondary schools and in colleges across the country that offer courses in automotive technology.
According to the news release, the competition "tests students' automotive knowledge, workmanship and problem-solving abilities." For more information about the competition, visit www.autoskills.aaa.com
According to its website, the mission of Maxwell High School of Technology is founded in educational research on increasing achievement, improving graduation rates and sustaining student success in post-secondary experiences.
Maxwell aims to award credit based on demonstrated mastery rather than instructional hours, providing a seamless transition for students to college and/or career.