They’ve survived the grueling election process. Written speeches. Dealt with tough questions. And then, maybe the hardest part: 15 individual leaders made it through a week of intense training to become a cohesive team. Your new national officers are already fanning out across the country to support SkillsUSA. Was it worth it? Yes! But each of them has a different answer why.
3-D Visualization and Animation: Austin Johnson/Edgar Hernandez, C-4 Columbus North High School, Columbus, Ind.; Adam Banks/Isaac Nordlund, Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah
Action Skills: Natasha Keller, Claiborne High School, New Tazewell, Tenn.; Frederick Asam, Caribou (Maine) Regional Applied Tech Center
Advertising Design: Brittany Barrett, Caddo Career Center, Shreveport, La.; Emily Ralph, Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park, Minn.
American Spirit: (teams) Bergen County Vo-Tech School, Hackensack, N.J.; Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla.
Architectural Drafting: Andrew Grafeman, Lewis and Clark Career Center, Saint Charles, Mo.; Ryan Kowalski, Macomb Community College, Warren, Mich.
Audio Production: Abby Covell/Zack Keirsey, Benson Polytechnic High School, Portland, Ore.; Albert Mitchell/Gary Sevison, Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah
Automated Manufacturing Technology: (teams) Niagara Career and Technical Center, Sanborn, N.Y.; Somerset (Ky.) Community College
Automotive Refinishing Technology: Derek Schatz, Bismarck (N.D.) Technical Center; Gregeory Anderson, Idaho State University College of Technology, Pocatello
Automotive Service Technology: Matt Albanese, Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence, Ridgeland, S.C.; Eric Leach, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Aviation Maintenance Technology: Steve Ellebracht, Gateway Institute, St. Louis; Daniel Fantoni, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport
Basic Health Care Skills: Cynthia Glennon, York (Pa.) County Area Vo-Tech School
Broadcast News Production: (teams) Central Kitsap High School, Silverdale, Wash.; University of Texas at Brownsville
Building Maintenance: Dustin Stanley, Indian Capital Technology Center, Stilwell, Okla.; Daniel Trent, Western Technology Center, Burns Flat, Okla.
Cabinetmaking: Mason Sandow, Blackfoot (Idaho) High School; Justin Van Loo, Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Carpentry: Mike Gibson, Coshocton (Ohio) County Career Center; Mike Eroh, Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, Media, Pa.
Chapter Business Procedure: (teams) Lawrence County High School, Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah
Chapter Display: (teams) Bethlehem Area Vo-Tech School, Northampton, Pa.; Central Georgia Technical College, Macon
CNC Milling Technology: Andrew Alvares, Diman Regional Vo-Tech High School, Fall River, Mass.; Ryder Carson, Idaho State University College of Technology, Pocatello
CNC Turning Technology: Jonathan Veneziano, Polaris Career Center, Middleburg Heights, Ohio; Josef Schwarzer, Romeo Engineering and Technology Center, Washington, Mich.
Collision Repair Technology: Timothy Bouillon, Sentinel Career Center, Tiffin, Ohio; Phil Davie, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Commercial Baking: Nicole Hart, Paso Robles (Calif.) High School; Tomomi Miller, Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque
Community Service: (teams) South Johnston High School, Four Oaks, N.C.; Columbus (Ga.) Technical College
Computer Maintenance Technology: Christopher Kennedy, Limestone Career Technology Center, Athens, Ala.; Kyle Clarke, North Central Kansas Tech College, Beloit
Computer Programming: Nathan Kodilla, Grayson Technical High School, Loganville, Ga.; Jon Bartosch, Texas State Technical College, Waco
Cosmetology: Brittney Lewis, Mecosta Osceola Career Center, Big Rapids, Mich.; Abby Opdyke, Hunterdon County Polytech Central, Flemington, N.J.
Crime Scene Investigation: (teams) Lakeview Centennial High School, Garland, Texas; Griffin (Ga.) Technical College
Criminal Justice: Holly Groover, Centennial High School, Roswell, Ga.; Bruce Payne, Heart of Georgia Technical College, Dublin
Culinary Arts: Daniel Clark, Martin County High School, Stuart, Fla.; Nathan Child, Spokane (Wash.) Community College
Customer Service: Demi Fong, Bergen County Vo-Tech School, Hackensack, N.J.; Samantha Cohen, Northwest Cabarrus High School, Concord, N.C.
Dental Assisting: Rachel Janes, Stephens County High School, Toccoa, Ga.; Lyndi Hayden, Center for Technology, Essex Junction, Vt.
Diesel Equipment Technology: Rick Finley, Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, Iowa; Kyle Yoder, Guilford Tech Community College, Jamestown, N.C.
Electronics Applications: Adam Geml, Henry Ford II High School, Sterling Heights, Mich.; Alexander Stevenson, Parkside High School Career and Technology Education Center, Salisbury, Md.; Ben Mellott, Linn (Mo.) State Technical College
Electronics Technology: Hayden LeJeune, Port Barre (La.) High School; Russell Fredericks, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nev.
Employment Application Process: Ashley Newland, East Hickman High School, Lyles, Tenn.; Brian Roberts, Lamar Institute of Technology, Beaumont, Texas
Engineering Technology: (team) St. Helens (Ore.) Senior High School
Entrepreneurship: (teams) Whittier Regional V0-Tech High School, Haverhill, Mass.; Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla.
Esthetics: Jenny Mejia and Frances Kemble, Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla.
Extemporaneous Speaking: Anthony Mitchell, Davis High School, Kaysville, Utah; Kathy Murray, Technical Educational Center Osceola, Kissimmee, Fla.
Firefighting: Grant Barton, Modesto City Schools Regional Occupational Program, Ceres, Calif.; Chad Brunner, Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla.
First Aid/CPR: Margarita Luna, Davies Career and Technical High School, Lincoln, R.I.; Zack Stroup, Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla.
Food and Beverage Service: Erica Conrad, Washington County Technical High School, Hagerstown, Md.; Allyson Pereira, Bristol Community College, Fall River, Mass.
Geospatial Technology: David Jacobs, Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque
Graphic Communications: John Litwinowicz, Royal Oak (Mich.) High School; Mayda Salas, Riverside (Calif.) Community College
Health Knowledge Bowl: (teams) Pioneer Career and Technology Center, Shelby, Ohio; Uintah Basin Technology College, Roosevelt, Utah
Health Occupations Professional Portfolio: Adriene Antoni, U.S. Grant Joint Vocational School, Bethel, Ohio; Brittany Jackson, Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla.
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration: Jacob Dullen, Niagara Career and Technical Center, Sanborn, N.Y.; Jerrad Porter, Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho
Industrial Motor Control: Shane Vanzant, Miami Valley Career Technology Center, Clayton, Ohio; Ryan Fitzgerald, IBEW 99 School, Cranston, R.I.; Jess Bormann, Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon
Internetworking: Gabriel Cornman, New Market Vocational Skills Center, Tumwater, Wash.; Kinzie Doll, Metropolitan Community Colleges, Kansas City, Mo.
Job Interview: Alaina Wilson, Orleans Career and Technical Educational Center, Medina, N.Y.; Katherine Jones, Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield, Mo.
Job Skill Demonstration A: Emily Gloss, Franklin County Career and Technology Center, Chambersburg, Pa.; Bobby Orsburn Jr., Golden Triangle Vo-Tech, Mayhew, Miss.
Job Skill Demonstration Open: Autumn Ferry, Sun Area Career and Technology Center, New Berlin, Pa.; Jennifer Schroeder, Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah
Major Appliance Technology: Luke Adkins, Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla.; Brandon Nelson, Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis
Marine Service Technology: Rob Lowell, Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, Harwich, Mass.; Dale Caughorn, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Gautier
Masonry: Bradley Wright, Earnest Pruett Center of Technology, Hollywood, Ala.; Alvaro Landaverde, Arizona Masonry Contractors Association, Phoenix
Mechatronics: Robert Dougherty/Alexander Segala, McCann Technical High School, North Adams, Mass.; Randy Hansen/Adam Wiechmann, Alexandria (Minn.) Technical College
Medical Assisting: Alyson Aguiar, Greater New Bedford Regional Vo-Tech High School, New Bedford, Mass.; Stephanie Sablan, Guam Community College, Barrigada
Medical Math: Crystal Simmons, Bossier Parish Technical School, Shreveport, La.; Kyle Cornish, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah
Mobile Electronics Installation: Alexander Super, St. Clair Technical Education Center, Marysville, Mich.; Rosendo Torres, East Los Angeles Occupational Center, California
Motorcycle Service Technology: Zach Cole, Four Rivers Career Center, Washington, Mo.; Neil Murphy, Fort Scott Community College, Frontenac, Kan.
Nail Care: Pamela Henry, Mecosta Osceola Career Center, Big Rapids, Mich.; Randi Huntsman, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah
Nurse Assisting: Christian Jo Velez, Barry Career and Technical Educational Center, Westbury, N.Y.; Brittney Haga, University of Arkansas, Fort Smith
Occupational Health and Safety/Multiple: (teams) Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla. (both high school and college/postsecondary divisions)
Occupational Health and Safety/Single: (teams) Harris County High School, Hamilton, Ga.; Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla.
Opening and Closing Ceremonies: (teams) Westwood High School, Austin, Texas; Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah
Outstanding Chapter: Brandy Gregg/Rebecca Canterbury, Buckeye Hills Career Center, Rio Grande, Ohio; Christopher Dillard/Jason Stone, Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla.
Photography: Justin DiPierro, Myers Educational Center, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Haoyuan Ren, College of Southern Nevada, North Las Vegas
Pin Design: Casey Solt, Sullivan South High School, Kingsport, Tenn.; Cinday Derreberry, Putnam Career and Technical Center, Eleanor, W.Va.
Plumbing: Kyle Covello, Paso Robles (Calif.) High School; Richard Martin, Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah
Power Equipment Technology: Theo Clay, Berks Career and Technology Center, Leesport, Pa.; Ken Mauer, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wis.
Practical Nursing: Julie Hinkel, Wayne County Joint Vocational School, Smithville, Ohio; Suzette Burkhalter, Louisiana Technical College Sullivan Campus, Bogalusa, La.
Precision Machining Technology: Nicholas Shepley, St. Clair Technical Education Center, Marysville, Mich.; Ryan Watson, Boise State University, Idaho
Prepared Speech: Thomas Lewis, Francis Tuttle Technology Center Rockwell Campus, Oklahoma City; Elizabeth Sitzman, Eastern Wyoming College, Torrington
Preschool Teaching Assistant: Jordan Hill, Lycoming Career and Technology Center, Hughesville, Pa.; Mary Stoklas, Gwinnett Technical College, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Principles of Technology: Audria Grubbs, Pioneer Career and Technology Center, Shelby, Ohio; Kevin Miller, Texas State Technical College, Waco
Promotional Bulletin Board: (teams) Sullivan South High School, Kingsport, Tenn.; Metro Technology Center South Bryant, Oklahoma City
Quiz Bowl: (teams) Union County Vo-Tech, Scotch Plains, N.J.; Francis Tuttle Technology Center Portland Campus, Oklahoma City
Related Technical Math: Adam Clarke, Benson Polytechnic High School, Portland, Ore.; Karen Swartz, Central Community College, Columbus, Neb.
Residential Wiring: Ryan Gorski, Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) Area Vo-Tech School; Ryan Risseeuw, Mitchell (S.D.) Technical Institute
Robotics and Automation Technology: Brian Joseph/Christopher Hansen, Minuteman Regional High School, Lexington, Mass.; Chris Hall/James Kaiser, Vincennes University, Indiana
Screen Printing Technology: Andreas Wenzel, Sammamish High School, Bellevue, Wash.; Katie Boyts, Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield, Mo.
Sheet Metal: Kyle Baker, Jefferson Scranton High School, Jefferson, Iowa; Brian Green, Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College, Ogden, Utah
TeamWorks: (teams) Sparta (Ill.) High School; Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah
Technical Computer Applications: Danilo Miranda, Burlington County Institute of Technology, Westampton, N.J.; Chris Grasty, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Ill.
Technical Drafting: Bennett Minchella, Platt Technical High School, Milford, Conn.; Markus Couch, Stevens College of Technology, Lancaster, Pa.
Tech Prep Showcase: (teams) Ashtabula County Joint Vocational School, Jefferson, Ohio; Greenville (Ohio) Senior High School; Kettering-Fairmont High School, Kettering, Ohio; Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Fla; Millstream Career and Technology Center South, Findlay, Ohio; San Benito (Texas) High School; Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School, Bridgewater, N.J.
Telecommunications Cabling: Phillip Haasenritter, Spotsylvania (Va.) Career and Technical Center; Cody Dahl, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Wadena
Television (Video) Production: Kha Do/Jonathan Dickson, Cactus High School, Glendale, Ariz.; Doug Nordin/Colton Tran, Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah
Total Quality Management: W.E. Stebbins High School, Riverside, Ohio (two teams)
Video Product Development: Yanina Gonzalez/Nicholas Neufeld, Birdville Independent School District Career Center, Haltom City, Texas; Ron Pokracki/Zack Harris, Cape Girardeau (Mo.) Career and Technology Center
Web Design: Michelle DeLarge/Amanda Norman, Carson High School, Carson City, Nev.; Sheri Humphrey/Luan Railsback, Illinois Central College, East Peoria
Welding: Neil Marshall, Niagara (Wis.) Public Schools; Mason Winters, College of Eastern Utah, Price
Welding Fabrication: (teams) Midland College, Texas; College of Eastern Utah, Price
For a full list of gold, silver and bronze medalists, including teams of three or more, visit: www.skillsusa-register.org/reports/medalists.aspx.
SkillsUSA Champions | Fall 2008 | Volume 43, No. 1