Automotive Contest WinnersCRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students David Downey of Afton and William Frey of Creston placed third overall in the 2009 Iowa Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills-National Quality Care Challenge held in Ankeny earlier this month.  This competition helps recognize some of the best high school auto technicians in the state.

Initial qualifying written exams for the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills program were administered to high school automotive program teams earlier this year.  Frey and Downey placed first in the state in the written exam portion of the contest.  The top scoring teams were then invited to Ankeny to participate in a hands-on competition. 

During the hands-on portion of the competition, which was held at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, autos were "bugged" with identical problems.  The students were asked to diagnose the issues during the 90-minute contest. 

The contest was sponsored by Ford Motor Company and AAA.  The students were accompanied to the contest by Jeff Sorensen, SWCC automotive repair technology instructor.

Frey is the son of Aaron and DaNel Frey.  He is a May 2009 graduate of Creston High School.

Downey is the son of Dave and Tammi Downey and John and Chrystal Houge.  He is a May 2009 graduate of East Union High School in Afton.

Frey and Downey are taking courses through SWCC’s Tech Prep/Career Academy automotive program.  These programs offer high school students opportunities to take career and technical-related coursework at the college thanks to a cooperative agreement between SWCC and their local high schools.