Two recent Saline High School graduates placed second in a national automotive contest.
Thomas Michaluk and Evan Fishcbach represented Saline High School and the state of Michigan at the 63rd annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills held in Dearborn in June. They were coached by Saline High School and South & West Washtenaw Consortium teacher Timothy Timoszyk.
Michaluk and Fischbach became the third straight Saline High School team to take first in the Michigan state final of the annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition, held April 25 at the Macomb Community College Expo Center in Warren.
The national contest was won by Bryce Baks and Jedediah Redger, of Newton High School, in Newton, KS.
With nearly $12 million in scholarship prizes in the balance, state winners gathered at the Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn to solve "real world" automotive challenges – both digital and mechanical – in a timed competition that required a quick mind and steady hands as top auto students worked with wrenches and computers alike. The finish topped off a banner year for the competition, which set several milestones in 2012, including a record number of students, instructors and schools participating, as well as the highest number of female competitors in event history.
Beginning with a shotgun start, the student competitors (all paired in two-person teams) raced to their vehicles to review a work order that challenged them to diagnose and repair a number of purposefully placed "bugs" ranging from digital to mechanical and electrical. Once the repairs were completed, it was a race to shut the hood, fire up the engine and steer the vehicle across the finish line – where a scrutinizing judging team awaited.
The victory in Michigan resulted in $32,000 in scholarship prizes for the two students, who also took home top honors in the written exam of the contest.