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CALIFORNIA TEAM WINS 1993 CHRYSLER/AAA TROUBLE SHOOT

 WASHINGTON, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Matching speed and accuracy in the diagnosis and repair of deliberately "bugged" automobiles, a two- person team from California won first place today in the national finals of the Chrysler/AAA Trouble Shooting Contest.
 The top finishing team of Michael Dinsmoor, 18, and Shannon Lawless, 17, from Morro Bay High School in Morro Bay received prizes of more than $10,000 in scholarships and other awards, according to Chrysler and the American Automobile Association.
 Trouble Shooting contestants take a written examination on automotive service and then diagnose and repair identical, deliberately bugged 1993 Chrysler Concordes. The "hands-on" portion of the contest -- involving two-person teams from all 50 states -- was held on the Mall near the U.S. Capitol building.
 "The California team displayed the knowledge, skill and speed necessary to finish first in the nation's largest automotive service competition. They are to be congratulated for the long hours of study and practice needed to become champions," Trouble Shooting Contest Manager James Dunst said.
 Trouble Shooting teams placing second through 10th received scholarship awards scaled from $4,000 to $1,000 per team.
 Second place went to Zachary Sova, 18, and Mike Halas, 18, of Armada High School in Armada, Mich. Third place went to Steve Cole, 17, and Rodrigo Enriquez, 18, of Amphitheater High School in Tucson, Ariz.
 Each contestant took a written test Sunday before Monday's sprint to the disabled sedans, where they found and fixed an array of mechanical problems.
 The written test accounted for 40 percent of each team's score. Speed and accuracy in repair work accounted for 60 percent.
 Nearly 5,000 students entered this year's Trouble Shooting Contest at the state level. Of these, the approximately 1,000 who participated in state and national "hands-on" contests participated in "hands-on" competition.
 Rodger Carpenter, 18, of Idaho Falls High School in Idaho, received the Chrysler Trophy for scoring highest on the written exam. The Chrysler Trophy rewards outstanding educational achievement on the part of the student.
 The American Automobile Association's President's Cup was won by Gary Villa. He is the instructor of the winning California team. The AAA President's Cup recognizes the crucial role teachers play in promoting quality automotive service.
 The Chrysler/AAA Trouble Shooting Contest is sponsored by Chrysler and the American Automobile Association. Various auto service industry suppliers, educational institutions and organizations also lend financial and product support to the contest. The program, begun in 1949, is designed to encourage students to pursue careers in automotive service.
 CHRYSLER/AAA TROUBLE SHOOTING CONTEST
 ORDER IN WHICH TEAMS FINISHED
 STATE FINAL RANK
 California 1
 Michigan 2
 Arizona 3
 Maine 4
 Missouri 5
 Kentucky 6
 Indiana 7
 Ohio 8
 Louisiana 9
 Wyoming 10
 Pennsylvania 11
 Wisconsin 12
 Massachusetts 13
 Montana 14
 Utah 15
 West Virginia 16
 New Mexico 17
 North Dakota 18
 Washington 19
 Connecticut 20
 Georgia 21
 Florida 22
 Delaware 23
 Virginia 24
 South Carolina 25
 North Carolina 26
 Oregon 27
 New York 28
 Rhode Island 29
 Nevada 30
 Minnesota 31
 New Jersey 32
 Alabama 33
 South Dakota 34
 Texas 35
 Maryland 36
 Illinois 37
 Tennessee 38
 Colorado 39
 Nebraska 40
 Hawaii 41
 Arkansas 42
 Iowa 43
 Idaho 44
 New Hampshire 45
 Oklahoma 46
 Kansas 47
 Vermont 48
 Alaska 49
 Mississippi 50
 -0- 6/14/93
 /CONTACT: Allen Carrier or Greg Wilson of the American Automobile Association, 202-333-0700/


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