Maui High takes second in national car repair competition

By Erika Engle

POSTED: 11:43 a.m. HST, Jun 14, 2011

Maui High School graduates Jimbo Paranada and Marc Paguirigan are the second-place winners of the 2011 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Championship, staged today in Dearborn, Mich.

The Maui students turned in a perfectly repaired Ford F-150 XLT 4×4 Super Cab, that had been rigged with problems, in 62 minutes and 42 seconds, while the first-place Oregon team turned in its also-perfectly repaired truck in 58 minutes and six seconds.

Nevertheless Paranada and Paguirigan won thousands of dollars in scholarships from five institutions at which they can continue their automotive education.

Paranada and Paguirigan won the right to represent Hawaii in the national competition by taking the state championship while students at Maui High School.