Published DateLACONIA — Students from the Huot Technical Center's Automotive program placed first with the highest combined written scores at the annual state-wide Ford AAA Auto Skills Competition, which was held at the New England Dragway in Epping on May 10-11.
Ian Jipson from Franklin High School and Kyle Andrews from Inter-Lakes High School were selected and invited to participate in the NH Finals based on their State Qualifying Online Exam scores. During the competition, Jipson and Andrews were able to earn an impressive competition which involved diagnosing, repairing and starting a "bugged" car.
The car selected for this year's competition was a 2013 Ford Focus which the Huot students had the opportunity to become familiarized with prior to competition thanks to the cooperation of Irwin Automotive Group in Laconia.
Irwin's donated a Ford Focus SE Flex Fuel to help students prepare and Jipson commented, "I am so appreciative of Irwin's for letting us have a chance to work on the Focus before competition. It definitely allowed us to have a better understanding and to be more competitive."
Jipson also competed against 10,000 other students from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont during the on-line written exam portion and scored the highest in New Hampshire, earning him a full-tuition scholarship to Central Maine Community College. He has already been accepted to the University of Northwestern Ohio to study Automotive - High Performance Technology, however, he may now have to rethink his postsecondary education plans after winning this offer.
(L-R, front row) Ian Jipson, Huot Technical Center Student from Franklin High School, Steve Snow, Huot Technical Center Automotive Instructor, (L-R, back row) Steve Clavett, Huot Technical Center Automotive Assistant, Ron O'Connor Jr., Irwin Automotive Group Service Manager/Director. (Courtesy photo)