The SkillsUSA WorldTeam represented our nation well. I’m extremely proud of each and every one of them. They brought home five international awards:
- Bradley Clink received a Silver medal for Welding
- Laina Call received a Medallion for Excellence in Ladies/Men’s Hairdressing
- Daniel Lehmkuhl received a Medallion for Excellence in Automobile Technology
- Rachel Koppelman received a Medallion for Excellence in Cooking.
Bradley Clink also joined all countries’ highest scoring students on stage to receive a gold medal for Best of Nation.
The rigor and challenges of WorldSkills 2011 will be a great memory and a building ground for WorldSkills 2013, to be held in Leipzig, Germany. SkillsUSA is very appreciative of everyone who made the London experience possible for our students.
Special thanks to the many parents who attended to show support, to each of our experts, our staff, team leader Mark Claypool and official delegate Ada Kranenberg. And a big thank you to Mr. Don Hatton, our retiring USA technical delegate who completed 27 years of service to SkillsUSA and WorldSkills as of the close of World Skills London 2011. I’m very appreciative of the entire team representing the United States of America in London.