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Ford/AAA Sets Date for National Finals

The national Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition, which fosters young people’s interest in the automotive industry through a spirited nationwide competition with opportunities to win prizes, scholarships, tools and awards will be held June 8-10, 2014 in Dearborn, MI.


125870fordaaapn_00000074876Instructors are also eligible to win equipment, service publications, trophies and prestige for their schools. Opportunities with the Ford ASSET program will be available to many of the competition finalists.
The 2014 grand-prize will be an all-expense paid trip to the Wood Brothers Racing facility where the students and instructor will work on race cars and learn from top automotive engineers. As part of the job-shadow experience, the winners will also attend a race as VIP.
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NAIAS Announces Poster Winners

Sixteen high school artists were recognized as prize winners in The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 26th Annual High School Poster Contest.
This contest provides a unique opportunity for students to become involved in the annual auto show, while gaining experience in creative competition. Students created automotive-themed posters that met various ­contest requirements.
Developed to engage the creative minds of Michigan’s future artists, the 26th annual contest saw a record 73 high schools participate, submitting 989 poster entries. Some of the winners included:

Chairmen’s Award
Lindsey Simon
12th grade
Romeo Engineering and Technology Center
Washington, MI

11th Grade Award, 1st Place
Zoe Wilson
Careerline Technical Center
Holland, MI

Best Theme Award
Tiffany Teng
11th grade
Novi High School
Novi, MI

State Farm Insurance Award
Angelica Paparizos
12th grade
Henry Ford II High School
Sterling Heights, MI

The automotive-themed poster entries were judged by chairmen from the NAIAS, an ­automotive designer from General Motors, as a representative from State Farm Insurance.
To view all of the winning posters, visit:

Richard P. Scharchburg Student Paper Award Competition

In an effort to encourage research and writing effort among university students in the area of automotive history, the Society of Automotive Historians confers its annual award for the best student paper in the auto history field.  The award is named for Richard Scharchburg, the late Professor of History at Kettering University, eminent automotive historian, and past vice president of the Society of Automotive Historians.

sahPersons submitting papers must be enrolled at educational institutions (upper-class undergraduate or graduate level) at the time of submission.  This competition is international in scope, but papers must be in the English language.  Papers already published or scheduled for publication will not be accepted.

Manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words, and should be double-spaced.  An abstract is requested.  Judging criteria include clear statement of purpose and testable hypothesis, accuracy and thoroughness of research, originality of the research, documentation, quality and extent of bibliographic resources, and writing style.  Diagrams, graphs or photographs may be included.

Submissions must e-mail dated by June 10, 2014.

Upon recommendation of the judges, the winning paper will considered for publication in the Society’s Automotive History Review and the winner will receive a plaque and a cash prize of $500.

Submissions should be sent to: John A. Heitmann, Ph.D, Chair, Student Awards Committee, Department of History, University of Dayton, [email protected].

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