South Tech Students Soar at SkillsUSA National Competitions
South Tech students had an amazing week in Louisville, KY last month where they attended in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The annual conference included competitions, break out sessions, celebrations, team building events, and a guest speaking engagement with Mike Rowe of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation.
Competing nationally requires preparation, practice, and discipline and South Tech’s results reflect the hard work of our students. We are so proud of them and their accomplishments.
Amanda Ohlau – elected President of Missouri’s SkillsUSA State Officer Team 2017-18
Amanda also participated in the Action Skills contest with Zach Goetter as her model. She will be featured in an upcoming article in the national SkillsUSA publication Champions.
IT Services – Christopher Moore – 3rd place
Chris has only just finished his junior year and performed exceptionally well in this very challenging contest. He also passed his A+ certification (IRC) during the competition.
Firefighting – Patrick (Alex) Way – 13th place
Alex earned his EMT certification and his Fire I and II certifications before he left for Louisville. Alex’s instructor, Dave Hope, was extremely proud of his performance against some very tough competition. Alex is now employed at Barnes Hospital on the Cardio Thoracic floor as a Patient Care Technician.
Welding Fabrication – Joel Besch, Jared Jacquot, Jason Neier – 7th place
This dedicated team drove to the Sheet Metal Workers facility (Local 36) downtown three mornings per week since early May to prepare for this competition because their program lab was undergoing renovations.
Welding Sculpture – Alex Juelfs – 6th place
Alex competed nationally for the second time this year. Qualifying for nationals once is a significant accomplishment. Alex has set the bar very high for future South Tech welding sculpture competitors.
Quiz Bowl – Joseph Steinhoff, Ashlynne Dietrich, Kai Hoffman, Kelaiah Killmade – 23rd place
Mrs. Schnurbush, Quiz Bowl sponsor, said this team of first-year students performed very well in a competitive field. She expects them to hard to beat in next year’s contest.
Power Equipment Technology – Christopher Ownbey – 14th place
Chris participated in his major’s Forklift Repair program through our partnership with Heubel Material Handling. He earned an internship with them and is now working for them as a full-time technician.
Job Demonstration A – Hadley (Shae) McNeill – 13th place
The judges gave Shae very high marks (over 90%) but there was just so much competition.
Automated Manufacturing Technology – Caleb Harter, Mike Steppig, Mark Witte – 11th place
This team’s resilience impressed their sponsors. When they arrived to their pre-contest meeting, they learned that their contest had changed and they would be required to compete with unfamiliar machinery. Even though their fellow competitors had up to 48 hours to familiarize themselves with these changes, our team handled themselves in an incredibly mature and sportsman-like way and rose to the challenge.