Two students from Livingston Parish Technology Center in Walker are teaming up to test their automotive knowledge and technical skills against other top students statewide in a contest with opportunities to win prizes, scholarships, tools and awards along with a shot to represent the state in a national contest.

Devan Bennett and Brandon House will be in Alexandria on April 23 to square off against 18 other students from across the state in the 66th annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition, a news release said. They will attend the contest with their instructor, Joshua Murphy.

To qualify for the state competition, Bennett and House were required to complete an online exam administered in February.

At the Louisiana hands-on contest in April, 10 two-student teams will race the clock to correctly identify and fix intentionally installed problems on identical 2015 Ford Fiestas. After diagnosing and repairing every bug, the teammates must drive their assigned vehicle across the finish line, where their car will be inspected for accuracy.

The winning team members not only receive scholarships and other valuable prizes but also will represent their state June 7-9 at the National Finals at Ford Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

The Student Auto Skills program offers an experience to students that could help shape the future of their careers and ensures future technicians are well-educated to meet ongoing changes in the industry, the release said.

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