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Winning WorldTeam Returns from Brazil

SkillsUSA WorldTeamThe 11 members of the SkillsUSA WorldTeam and 12 technical experts returned on November 19 from a victorious showing in São Paulo during the WorldSkills Americas competitions from November 11 – 18. There were 23 other countries participating in the competitions. I’m proud to announce that seven members of the team won medals in seven of the 10 competitions SkillsUSA entered. The winners are:

  • Automobile Technology — Kieron Kohlmann, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich. — Gold and “Best in Nation”
  • Cabinetmaking — Daniel Berrios, Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, Pa. — Gold
  • Autobody Repair — George Mason, Lexington Technology Center, Lexington, S.C. — Gold
  • Plumbing and Heating — Nicholas Michalenko, Smith Vocational, Northampton, Mass. — Silver
  • CNC Milling — Joshua Bedell, Pinellas Technical Education Center, Clearwater, Fla. — Silver
  • CNC Turning — Ronald Olkowski, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich. — Bronze
  • Cooking — Matthew Lorman, North Point High School, Waldorf, Md. — Bronze

Contestants in Graphic Design Technology, Web Design and the Mechatronics team did not place but they and everyone involved now have the experience of international competition and that’s all to the good. We’ll have a debriefing soon, so I’ll have more details next time.

News releases on all of the members of WorldTeam — including WorldSkills Americas information — will be sent to hometown and state newspapers, trade publications and posted online last week. To see photos of the WorldTeam in Brazil, please visit:

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