Marana's Evan Cloutier Kevin Reich showed in a national competition that they are among the most skilled automotive students in the country.

Reich, who graduated from Marana High School, and Cloutier, who completed his sophomore year, placed ninth in a June 10-11 national competition in Dearborn, Mich. They were accompanied by teacher Don Zell, who oversees the 150-student program at the school.

The Marana team was one of 50 that contended for $12 million in scholarships at the 64th annual Ford/AAA Auto Skills National Finals at Ford World Headquarters.

A duo from Vale High School in Vale, Ore. won the competition, which was a timed affair that required students to work with tools as well as computers. The students received work orders that asked them to diagnose and repair problems that were placed in test vehicles. They were judged on accuracy and time. The students also took a written test.