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Maui students win top 5 in auto skills championship

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 10:53 a.m. HST, Jun 10, 2014

Maui High School students Chayce Mimura and Devin Vea placed in the top five in the 65th annual Ford/AAA Auto Skills Championship in Dearborn Mich., on Tuesday.

Two-member student teams from all 50 states compete against one another in a written test to perfectly repair identically bugged vehicles.

In the competition, students race to their vehicles, repair the problems and drive their vehicles across the finish line.

The first-place finishers were Justin Bublitz and Colt Morris from Wisconsin's Grafton High School.

Top finishers will share in $10 million in scholarships and prizes.

"For today's automotive technicians, being able to diagnose and repair a computer-related malfunction is just as critical as fixing mechanical failures," said Marshall Doney, AAA COO, in a statement. "As a generation that has grown up with digital technology, this year's students are uniquely qualified to lead the auto industry forward."

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