- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Two students from Winston County will represent Alabama in the national finals of a competition for aspiring auto technicians.

Johnathan Tidwell and Trent Williams, of the Winston County Technology Center, took top honors this week in a field of 20 juniors and seniors from 10 Alabama schools at the Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition in Birmingham, Al.com reported (https://bit.ly/1gDi7BC).

The two Alabama students will compete to be named “America’s Next Top Auto Technicians” at the national finals in June at Ford Motor Co.’s headquarters in Dearborn, Mich.

The students were timed while they correctly identified and fixed problems on identical 2014 Ford vehicles. Once finished, the teams had to drive their assigned vehicle across the finish line, getting marks for accuracy, workmanship and performance on online qualifying exams.

Tidwell and Williams got two-year scholarships to pursue automotive technology programs at Lawson State Community College.

Second-place winners — the team from the Lawrence County Technology Center — received one-year scholarships.

The Albert P. Brewer High School team won one-semester scholarships as third-place winners.

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