|Students Place at SkillsUSA Competition|
Auburn Students Place at SkillsUSA Regional Competition
CONCORD TWP. - On a typical Saturday, the halls of a school would be desolate. It was obvious that Feb. 28 wasn’t a typical Saturday at Auburn Career Center. The halls were filled with excitement and anticipation as hundreds of students from schools across northeast Ohio came to compete in the 2015 SkillsUSA Regional Competition hosted at Auburn.
The students were from 15 area schools including A-Tech Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus, Auburn Career Center, Choffin Career & Technical Center, Columbiana County Career and Technical Center, Jackson High School, Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, Maplewood Career Center, Mentor High School, Perry High School, Portage Lakes Career Center, Pymatuning Valley High School, R.G. Drage Career Technical Center, Timken High School, Trumbull Career & Technical Center and Willoughby-Eastlake Career Academy
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Competitions are held annually and include numerous contests. The contests are judged by volunteers including industry representatives and community leaders.
There were 33 contests held at the northeast Ohio regional competition. Auburn had placers in 16 contests including seven gold medal winners. Two of the contests that Auburn was awarded gold medals were team competitions; Health Knowledge Bowl and Team Works.
The Health Knowledge Bowl team consists of Shelby McBride (Chardon), Katelynn Mayhugh (Riverside), Brianah Misosky (Riverside) and Anastasia Riha (Chardon). Their contest consisted of their knowledge and answers to various health questions in categories including legal, ethics, body systems, communication and teamwork.
“We’re building memories. It makes us proud to represent Auburn and go to state,” said Misosky.
The Team Works competition team built a half bath and was judged on plumbing, electrical, masonry and carpentry. This team consists of four Auburn students, Chad Delbo, Cody Hunt, Zachary Retych, all of Cardinal High School, and Randy Llamas of Riverside High School.
“It meant a lot for our team to win. We take great pride in knowing that we did this for Auburn and Cardinal,” said Hunt.
Delbo added, “I competed in a solo competition last year, residential plumbing. It was a lot better working as part of a team. It will be a fun experience to go to state.”
“Our workmanship is what set us apart. We’ve been working together for two years and know we can rely on each other which make us a very strong team,” said Retych.
In addition to the Health Knowledge Bowl and Team Skills winners, Auburn’s other gold medalists include: Carpentry, Tim Hlad; CNC Milling, Cort Weaver; Customer Service, Jacob Jakovlic; First Aid/CPR, Zachary Gartner and Photography, Timothy Harden.
Auburn also had five silver medalists and four bronze medalists. Silver medalist winners are Collision Repair, Andrew Voljtko; Esthetics, Alexandra Leoson; Job Skill Demo A, Jacob Knox; Promotional Bulletin board, Rachel Hall, Tori Martin and Devin Prindle and Related Technical Math, Bradley Garlak. Bronze medalists include CNC Turning, Jared Revak; Extemporaneous Speech, Johannah Adkins; Industrial Motor control, Sabrina Flaherty and Medical Terminology, Danielle Locher.
All gold, silver and bronze medalists advance to the state competition in Columbus in April.