Maui High School’s automotive team takes fifth place at national competition

A Maui High School automotive team took fifth place Tuesday in the national 2013 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills finals in Dearborn, Mich.

Recent graduates Mitchell Borge and Lawrence Paet took 73 minutes and 58 seconds to repair their deliberately bugged 2013 Ford Explorer XLT at Ford Motor Co. world headquarters to take the fifth spot. They turned in a “perfect SUV” which contained no work demerits.

A team from Oregon took the top spot by repairing the bugged vehicle in 55 minutes and 57 seconds.

Maui High teams have represented the state at the national finals for at least 17 years, almost annually since 1992.

“My students were well-prepared for this highly competitive national final and they did a great job of repairing the vehicle. They submitted a ‘perfect SUV’ for judging,” said the team’s coach and instructor Shannon Rowe. “They found all the problems with the vehicle, and repaired them. I’m very proud of each student and their efforts.”

For more on this story see Wednesday’s edition of The Maui News.