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Students Excel at Missouri SkillsUSA

Students Excel at Missouri SkillsUSA

Some of the best students from Jefferson College recently participated in the 2017 Missouri SkillsUSA State Competition at State Technical College.

The contests are held in conjunction with the Missouri SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference, which is attended by more than 2,500 students, teachers, and representatives of business, industry, education, and government.

Jefferson College 2017 State SkillsUSA competition medalists include:

Secondary Division

  • Robert Jackson Sterling, Imperial – Seckman High School - HVAC Technical Information - Gold
  • Ashley Thebeau, Pevely – Herculaneum High School - Technical Spelling – Gold
  • Tori Connors, Arnold – Fox High School - Community Service – Silver
  • Regan Frette, Imperial - Seckman High School - Community Service - Silver
  • Brooke Jackson, High Ridge – Northwest high School - Community Service – Silver
  • Shawn Armstrong, Hillsboro – Hillsboro High School - Fire Fighting Skills – Bronze
  • Robert Jackson Sterling, Imperial – Seckman High School - HVAC Skills – Bronze

Post-Secondary Division

  • Katherine Donahue, Hillsboro - Sheet Metal Skills - Gold                                       
  • Lois Harrison, Barnhart - Job Skills Demonstration A - Gold           
  • Lois Harrison, Barnhart - Culinary Arts Technical Information - Gold        
  • Paul DuSablon, House Springs - Welding Skills - Silver                                           
  • Shelby Hatcher, Hillsboro - Culinary Arts Skills - Silver
  • Justin Kinworthy, Arnold - Welding Fabrication - Silver
  • Ahmad Mohammed, St. Louis - Sheet Metal Skills - Silver
  • Nick Reed, Festus - Welding Fabrication - Silver
  • Johnathan Schnitzer, Arnold - Welding Fabrication - Silver 
  • Johnathan Schnitzer, Arnold - Welding Technical Information - Silver       
  • Medal  Nina Brinkley, DeSoto - Commercial Baking Skills   - Bronze
  • Marti Smith, Pevely - Culinary Arts Skills - Bronze

The National SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference will be held in Louisville, Kentucky June 19– 24. Tori Connors, Katherine Donahue, Lois Harrison, Regan Frette, and Brooke Jackson will be invited to represent Jefferson College at the National Finals.

During their stay, students participate as voting delegates for their chapters, elect state officers, conduct the business of the organization, meet with business and industry representatives, and hear from officials.

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving trade, industrial, technical, and health occupations students in public high schools, career and technical centers, and two year colleges. The organization has more than 250,000 student and professional members annually, organized into more than 13,000 chapters in 50 states and 3 territorial associations (including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands)

SkillsUSA is an applied method for preparing America’s high performance workers in vocational-technical programs. It provides quality educational experiences for its members in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. It builds self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. It emphasizes total quality at work: high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities. More than 1,000 trade associations and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in the SkillsUSA activities.