Photo: First Place

Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Juneau-Douglas High School senior Vince Vogt, 18, and junior Sean Kelly, 17, pose Thursday at the school's auto shop. In their first time ever competing, the pair took first place in the statewide Student Auto Skills Competition held May 1 at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

"It was intense," Vogt said of the competition. "There wasn't much time to do it."

It took the pair 50 minutes to get a Mercury Milan with nine problems running.

"It did take us a long time to get it running, and we were having some doubts about that," Kelly said. "There were a couple teams that were really competitive about it."

Although they missed a light on the license plate and a light on the rear-view mirror, the pair got the least amount of demerits, qualifying them for the national competition to be held in June in Dearborn, Mich.

This is just the fifth time JDHS has qualified for nationals since Steve Squires began teaching the automotive class. The school also won state in 2009.

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