LACONIA, N.H. (AP) A team from Portsmouth High School had the fastest fixers at an annual automotive competition and will be moving on to the national finals this spring.

Students from 10 schools competed Saturday in the 2019 High School Automotive Competition in Laconia. The teams faced multiple stations with different makes and models of cars they had to repair, with points awarded based on accuracy and speed.

The top winners also received thousands of dollars in scholarships from the New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association to enroll in the Community College System of New Hampshire.

Pete McNamara, president of the association, says such students can graduate with no debt and great careers waiting for them. The average wage for auto technicians in New Hampshire is nearly $60,000 per year.