PBHS student competes in auto skills competition

Ryan Wiebe, Peabody-Burns High School student, was one of 20 from across the state who won the chance to compete last Thursday in the Kansas State Finals of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition.

In order to qualify for state competition, students had to complete an online exam administered in February.

Wiebe and teammate, Kevin Tidewell, were under the instruction of Cory Unruh.

Teams raced the clock to identify and fix intentionally installed "bugs" on identical vehicles. After diagnosing and repairing every bug, teammates had to drive their assigned vehicle across the finish line where their car was inspected for accuracy.

Winning team members received scholarships and other prizes. The winning team also will compete against students from 49 other states in a written exam and hands-on competition during the National Finals at Ford Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich.