A local high school student will participate in the state finals of the AAA/Ford Student Auto Skills Competition.

Ryan Oliver, of Washington, a student at Oliver Wolcott Technical High School in Torrington, is among the team of 10 seniors who will participate in the May 9 event at the Holiday Inn in New Haven.

Ryan will team with Dylan Madore, of Thomaston, also a Wolcott Tech student, in the competition.

Two automotive

technology students from one Connecticut high school will become the state finalists and advance to the June 9-11 nationals at Ford World Headquarters in Michigan.

The finalists will compete with finalists from 49 other states for the right to call themselves the Top Young Auto Technicians in America and take home millions of dollars in scholarships.

During the state hands-on contest, the 10 teams will race against the clock to correctly diagnose and repair a deliberately "bugged" 2013 Ford Focus SE.

A combination score from an online written exam and the hands-on competition determines each state's championship team that will compete in the national finals.

The AAA/Ford Student Auto Skills competition is open to 11th- and 12th-grade students in secondary schools across the country that offer courses in automotive technology.

Schools may enter one two-student team per instructor.

Teams competing in the state competitions represent the teams that scored the highest on a statewide online written exam administered in January.

More than 13,000 students nationwide compete for the chance to represent their school and state in the national finals.