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Forum staff reports, Published May 12 2013

Students vie for chance to work on NASCAR

WAHPETON, N.D. – Two Southeast Region Career and Technology students from here were named North Dakota’s top high school auto technicians after winning the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills State Finals on Thursday.

Adam Mortenson and Joel Green won scholarships and tools valued at more than $35,000.

At the state finals, held at Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, the students represented their school in a race to correctly diagnosis and repair intentionally installed “bugs” on vehicles. Each pair was judged on speed, accuracy and workmanship.

Finishing in second was Fargo South High School – Eli Olson and Tyler Muhle, with instructor Tom Cross. Third place went to Grand Forks Central – Mitch Rogers and Ryan Shroyer, with instructor Gary Mrazek.

Mortenson and Green, led by their instructor Charles Campbell, will represent North Dakota in the National Finals. They will compete for additional scholarships and the chance to win a job shadow experience with a NASCAR race team.