Watauga High School students Nick Caudill and Ryan Austin took 1st place in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills state competition at the Charlotte Motor Speedway May 1st. In addition to receiving free tools from the Snap-on tool company, each student was offered $40,000 in scholarships from various colleges and technical schools.
The two will now represent North Carolina in the national championship competition at the Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan in June.
They were greatly assisted in their efforts by the generous support of Alfred Glover, President of Boone Ford/Lincoln, who loaned the team a 2014 Ford Fiesta for practice.  "We'd never have made it without your help," Ryan told Glover.
From left to right in photo: Alfred Glover, Ryan Austin, auto technology teacher Larry Jones, and Nick Caudill.