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NDSCS students excel at state SkillsUSA contest

by NDSCS News

Posted on 4/26/2011

NDSCS students take first place in 10 state categories

Students from the North Dakota State College of Science won a number of awards at the 38th Annual North Dakota SkillsUSA State Skills and Leadership Conference held at Bismarck State College in early April.

NDSCS competed with over 650 contestants and took the top two positions in eight different categories and had 26 students place within the top three. 10 NDSCS students earned an invitation to compete in their respective national contests by achieving gold medals in skills and leadership competitions at the state level. They are qualified to compete at the 47th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., on June 19-24.

The NDSCS students receiving gold, silver or bronze medals include:

North Dakota:
Beulah: Stephanie Goetz: Culinary Arts - 2nd place

Cathay: Erienee Sjoquist: Culinary Arts - Honorable Mention

Dickinson: James Prouty: Motorcycle Service Technology - 1st place

Andrew Ulmer: Residential Wiring - 1st Place

Fargo: Sam Hawkins: Welding - 2nd Place; Kelly Olstad: Power Equipment Technology - 2nd Place

Grafton: Casey Johnson: Architectural Drafting - 1st place

Grand Forks: Keith Egstad: Collision Repair Technology - 1st place

Horace: Cody Mammenga: Automotive Service Technology - 2nd place

Mandan: Glenn Hennings: Precision Machining Technology - 1st Place

Mapleton: Duane O'Marro: Power Equipment Technology - 1st Place

New Salem: Ethan Karch: Automotive Refinishing Technology - 3rd place; Travis Lennie: Welding - 1st Place

Tower City: LaRissa Unger: Computer Maintenance Technology - 3rd place

Wahpeton: Shawn Akerson: Architectural Drafting - 2nd place; Tyler Dykema: Plumbing - 3rd place

Wyndmere: Cindy Frank: Culinary Arts - 3rd place; Matthew Griffin: Automotive Service Technology - 1st place

Breckenridge: Joel Ellingson: Culinary Arts - 1st place

Ortonville: Jake Henrichs: Welding - 3rd place

Pelican Rapids: Bob Seifert: Precision Machining Technology - 2nd Place

Forsyth: Sean Wanner: Plumbing - 2nd place

Glendive: Alex Palmer: Plumbing - 1st place

South Dakota
Hermosa: Sal Sandoval: Diesel Equipment Technology - 3rd place

Peever: Josh Bucklin: Collision Repair Technology - 3rd place

Gilette: Ethan Barthel: Residential Wiring - 2nd Place

Moorcroft: Seth Johnson: Residential Wiring - 3rd place

About SkillsUSA: SkillsUSA is a national organization serving more than 280,000 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health care. SkillsUSA formerly was known as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA).


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