2015 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Competition Champions!

Outstanding Achievement by our very own Morgan White-  Son of Carl White, Klamath Tribes Natural Resource Department!


2015 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Competition Champions!

Students Morgan White and Jay Saunders, with Instructor Drew Barne- Vale Oregon High School


Two Oregon Students Outlast 98 Others to Claim Top Prize in National Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition

Auto technology showdown matched top high school student teams from all 50 states; over $12 million in scholarships awarded to help refuel auto industry’s next generation of talent

DEARBORN, Mich. (June 9, 2015) – Students from across the country gathered in Dearborn, to match wits and workmanship in a race against the clock – and one another – for the right to claim a national championship and be named the winners of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Finals at Ford World Headquarters.

When the dust settled, the duo of Morgan White and Jay Saunders from Vale High School in Vale, Ore., claimed the crown of America’s top auto technicians, registering the day’s top score under the tutelage of instructor Drew Barnes.

With over $12 million dollars in scholarship prizes in the balance, state winners gathered in Dearborn to solve “real world” automotive challenges – both digital and mechanical – in a timed competition. A quick mind and steady hands were required as top automotive students worked with wrenches and computers alike. With new and innovative technologies becoming a bigger part of the manuthercturing process, contestants in the 2015 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition represent the next generation of auto technicians who will work on these vehicles.

Beginning with a shotgun start, the student competitors (all paired in two-person teams) raced to their identical 2015 Ford Mustang Fastbacks to review a work order that challenged them to diagnose and repair a number of purposefully placed “bugs” ranging from digital to mechanical and electrical. Once the repairs were completed, it was a race to shut the hood, fire up the engine and steer the vehicle across the finish line – where a scrutinizing judging team awaited.tune


To earn the National Title, White and Saunders earned a “perfect car” score by flawlessly repairing all the “bugs” without any demerits. Students are graded on quality repair workmanship and safety. Combined with the results of a written examination taken on June 8, their score allowed them to hoist the trophy as national champions.

*In addition: Morgan White placed 1st in the Nation on the written exam. This coupled with the Team Championship landed him 3 Full Ride Scholarships and a trip to NASCAR to be part of the pit crew for the Wood Brothers. To get to the Nationals, this team also had to dominate in both the State and Regional Competitions earlier this year. Morgan also won the individual Skills USA, Regional, and State competition!





Team Oregon The Klamath Tribes are Proud of You!

And Congratulations to Carl White (of our Natural Resource Department) as we know what a dedicated and loving parent you have been! Chip off the Ol’ Block.


Taylor R. Tupper- Klamath Tribes News Dept.