Two Platt seniors set to join auto skills competition in May

The Connecticut State finals of the AAA/Ford Student Auto Skills Competition will take place on Friday, May 1 at The Best Western, 201 Washington Avenue, North Haven. The competition will bring together some of the state’s best young automotive minds with 10 teams vying for the win.
Representing Milford’s Platt Technical High School will be seniors Mark McCormack of Stratford and Billy Scalzi of Ansonia. Their instructor at Platt is Kirk Stankiewicz.
The AAA/Ford Student Auto Skills competition is open to 11th and 12th grade students in secondary schools that offer courses in automotive technology. Schools may enter one two-student team per instructor. Teams competing in the state competitions represent the teams that scored the highest on a statewide online written exam administered in January.
During the hands-on contest on May 1, the 10 two-student teams will race against the clock to correctly diagnose and repair a deliberately “bugged” 2016 Ford Fiesta SE. A combination score from an online written exam and the hands-on competition determines each state’s championship team that will compete in the national finals.
The AAA/Ford competition offers millions in scholarships and prizes to talented students pursuing careers as automotive service technicians. It also enables many participants to embark on promising careers in the auto repair industry, especially during a time when there’s a rising demand well-trained technicians who can repair both computer and mechanical components in today’s advanced vehicles.
More than 13,000 students nationwide compete for the chance to represent their school and state in the National Finals. For more competition information visit