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Washburn Tech Students Win Hardware at SkillsUSA

05/08/19 02:05 pm CDT
"The hardware goes to reinforce what we already know about our students. They are very talented and skilled in their trade, and will be valuable members of our future workforce."

Washburn Tech brought home a record 63 gold medals from the SkillsUSA Kansas competition April 22-24 in Hutchinson. In addition, Washburn Tech students won 25 silver and 19 bronze medals for a total of 107 medals in the statewide contests.

“This is the second year in a row that our medal count has broken the century mark,” said Clark Coco, dean, Washburn Tech. “The hardware goes to reinforce what we already know about our students. They are very talented and skilled in their trade, and will be valuable members of our future workforce.”

In addition to medals, Washburn Tech students, instructors and administrators received several awards. Washburn Tech’s SkillsUSA Chapter won a silver award for membership increase. Jacob Radcliffe, an automotive service technician student, won the EJ Bock Memorial Scholarship. A SkillsUSA Foundation Scholarship went to Luke Miller, a machine/tool student. And, Coco received the Recognition Award for his years of commitment to SkillsUSA and David Praiswater, Building Technology instructor and SkillsUSA advisor at Washburn Tech, was named the College/Post-Secondary Advisor of the Year.

Gold medal winners, from each state, earn the right to compete at SkillsUSA national competition June 24-28 in Louisville, Ky. The event attracts more than 16,000 students, teachers and business partners. It showcases career and technical education students from around the country. Contestants work against the clock and each other while proving their expertise in occupations such as computer technology, cabinetmaking, precision machining, culinary arts and advertising design.

The following Washburn Tech students placed in the top three of their respective competitions:

Atchison: Luke Miller, first place, prepared speech – post secondary

Auburn: Jordyn Berroth, first place, Cosmetology – high school; Ryan Hawkins, second place, Auto Refinishing Technology – high school; Christopher Gleason, third place, Collision Repair Technology – high school

Baldwin: JadeAnn Wagner, second place, Esthetics Model – high school

Berryton: Dorothy Sharp, first place, Nail Care Model – post secondary

Burlingame: Kirea McNellis, first place, Job Skill Demonstration Open – middle school and second place, Team Engineering Challenge – middle school

Carbondale: Geoffrey McIntyre, first place, Interactive App & Video Gaming – post secondary; Caleb Masters, second place, Information Technology Services – high school; Samantha Smith, second place, First-Aid/CPR – post secondary; Vincent Glammanco, third place, Welding Fabrication – high school

Castle Rock, CO: Nathan Ast, first place, Opening and Closing Ceremonies – post secondary

Delia: Richard Ross, first place, Quiz Bowl – post secondary

Emmett: Dominic McDonald, first place, Opening and Closing Ceremonies – high school

Grantville: Zacharia Hopp, first place, Collision Repair Technology – high school

Holton: Samantha Beauchamp, first place, Health Knowledge Bowl and third place in both Medical Terminology and Medical Math – post secondary; Kaitlyn Jones, first place, Restaurant Service – post secondary; Jaden Marsh, second place, Esthetics – high school; Mikayla Booth, third place, Cosmetology – post secondary

Hoyt: Zachary Burger, first place, Collision Damage Appraisal – high school; Katie Hanshaw, first place, T-shirt Design – post secondary

Junction City: Nathan Vaughn, second place, Cabinetmaking – post secondary

Lawrence: Oluwatoyin Babalola, second place, Customer Service – post secondary; Emma Cohn, second place in both Pin Design and Team Engineering Challenge – middle school

Linwood: Kristian Abram, first place, Esthetics – high school

Lyndon: Levi Stevicks, first place, Community Service – post secondary

Maple Hill: Tyler Layton, first place, Quiz Bowl – post secondary

Mayetta: Halee Greene, first place, Prepared Speech – high school; Whitlee Greene, third place, Advertising Design – post secondary

McLouth: Donna Brauer, first place, Opening and Closing Ceremonies – high school

Meriden: Katelyn Best, second place, Job Interview – post secondary

Morrill: Dustin Richardson, first place, Quiz Bowl and second place, Internetworking – post secondary

Muscotah: Kenneth Lowe, first place, Interactive App & Video Gaming – post secondary

Osage City: Kaylee Watson, first place, Opening and Closing Ceremonies – high school

Oskaloosa: Donna Bowen, first place, Opening and Closing Ceremonies – high school; Lexie Shaver, first place in both Restaurant Service and Opening and Closing Ceremonies – high school

Perry: Zoe Urban, third place, Advertising Design – high school

Pomona: Jacob Radcliffe, first place, Automotive Service Technology – high school

Scranton: Leona Caskey, first place, Quiz Bowl – post secondary

Seneca: Nicholas Hemman, first place, Cabinetmaking – high school

Soldier: Allen Quinn, third place, Extemporaneous Speaking – high school

St. Marys: Maria Espinoza, second place, Medical Terminology – post secondary

Tecumseh: Abigail Bomberber, first place, Opening and Closing Ceremonies – post secondary

Topeka: Ryan Albus, first place, Extemporaneous Speaking, and third place, Information Technology Services – post secondary; Allexis Bahner, second place, Cosmetology – high school; Corey Bomhoff, first place, Quiz Bowl – post secondary; Isaiah Burnette, first place, Opening and Closing Ceremonies – post secondary; Angelo Campos, second place, Prepared Speech – post secondary; Ricky Campos, third place, Welding Fabrication – high school; Mirka Duran-Lopez, third place, Technical Computer Applications – high school; Barbara Evans, third place, Internetworking – post secondary; Dulce Flores, first place, Opening and Closing Ceremonies – high school; Filip Garner-Lonsky, first place in both Internetworking and Related Technical Math and third place, Job Interview– post secondary; Nichole Guiterrez, second place, Job Skill Demonstration Open – post secondary; Kristian Harry, first place, Quiz Bowl – post secondary; Darrin Hartford, third place, Electrical Construction Wiring – post secondary; Bart Homan, first place in both Cabinetmaking and Community Service – post secondary; Zachary Johnson, first place, T-shirt Design – high school; Eunice Jones, first place, Health Knowledge Bowl – post secondary; Tanner Kapp, third place, Collision Repair Technology – high school; Santippica Killingsworth, first place, Opening and Closing Ceremonies – post secondary; Sunnyeo Kim, first place, Nail Care – post secondary; Alexandra LaFave, first place, Technical Computer Applications and third place, T-shirt Design – high school; Christopher Lockwood, third place, Automotive Service Technology – post secondary; John Ma, second place, Job Skill Demonstration A – post secondary; Brailey Metzger, first place, Welding Sculpture – high school; Emma Mooradian, second place, Commercial Baking – high school; Kenton Morris, third place, Welding Fabrication – high school; Mary Clare Neeck, second place, Commercial Baking – post secondary; Peter Neeck, first place in both Pin Design and Advertising Design – high school; Stephanie Nelson, first place, Health Knowledge Bowl – post secondary; J.W. Patterson, second, Information Technology Services – post secondary; Angela Peraza, first place, Esthetics Model – high school; Seth Peterson, second place, Automotive Service Technology – high school; Hannah Quinteros, first place, Collision Damage Appraisal and second place, Pin Design – post secondary; Jennifer Rea, first place, First Aid/CPR and second place, Medical Math – post secondary; Alexa Robbins, third place, Cosmetology – high school; Annika Ross, first place, Opening and Closing Ceremonies and second place, Technical Computer Applications – high school; Walker Thornton, first place, Opening and Closing Ceremonies – post secondary; Josh Still, second place, Auto Service Technology – post secondary; Kasey Sturgeon, third place, Job Skill Demonstration A – post secondary; Karen Vargas, first place, Nail Care – high school; Nathan Vaughn, first place, Community Service – post secondary; Samantha Wsaiya, first place, Opening and Closing Ceremonies – post secondary; Steven Wynne, first place, Information Technology Services – high school; Jazmin Zuniga-Soto, first place, Nail Care Model – high school

Valley Falls: Kameren Huffman, first place in three contests; Medical Terminology, Medical Math and Health Knowledge Bowl - post secondary

Wakarusa: Justin Allison, third place, Related Technical Math – post secondary

Wamego: Lori Wormstadt, first place in Opening and Closing Ceremonies and third place in Commercial Baking – post secondary

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