WALLENPAUPACK - Students from Wallenpaupack Area High School, Dave Schaeffer and Fred Petsche placed second in the 2014 Ford / AAA Student Auto Skills competition. For their 2nd place finish the students  were awarded: $15,000 scholarhsip tot he Automotive Training Center, $7500 scholarship to Ohio Technical College, $6000 scholarship to University of Northwestern Ohio, 25 percent of the tuition to Universal Technical Institute, $1500 scholarship for the Ford ASSET or FACT program, $1,000 to Rankin. They also won over $300 in tools and numerous manufacturers’ prizes.
    The duo earned the right to the state competition by having one of the 10 highest written test scores throughout Pennsylvania, which earned the teams the chance to represent their schools at the “Hands-On” competition in Bethlehem, PA. Schaeffer was awarded the top test score in the state, where he received a 20 gallon air compressor from NAPA and WAHS received a trophy.
    The qualifying teams competed against each other in diagnosing and correcting identical malfunctions deliberately installed in the electrical, starting, ignition, charging, fuel, emission control systems and body hardware of a 2014 Ford Fiesta. The team of Schaeffer and Petsche were one of only two cars out of 10 that made it to final judging.
    The team would like to give a special thank you to Wayne County Ford, for allowing Wallenpaupack to borrow a 2014 Ford Fiesta to prepare for the contest. Automotive Teacher Dr. Mark Watson said all of the area dealerships have been great, as they supply cars, tools and technical data to help WAHS students prepare for the various automotive competitions. When Watson contacted Wayne County Ford, he said the dealership eagerly allowed the team to borrow the vehicle, which was a “great educational tool for our students.”    
    Of the support from local automotive businesses, Watson said it appears as though the dealerships “see the need to promote this increasingly difficult trade and Wayne County Ford and the other local dealers always make the effort to help the school whenever I ask for assistance.”
    In addition to the support from area dealerships, a special thank you goes to Petsche's parents Fred and Hayley. As well as to Schaeffer's parents William and Kristie.