More than 100 students representing the various technical programs of Ozarks Technical Community College participated in two days of competition at the State SkillsUSA Skills and Leadership Conference, held recently on the campus of Linn State Technical College in Linn, Mo. In the end, OTC’s students brought home 32 first place medals, 17 second place medals, and 24 third place medals, for a total of 74 medals.
This year’s event had more than 2,000 attending students, teachers, and representatives of business, industry, education, and government. During the conference, students participated as voting delegates for their chapters, elected state officers, conducted the business of the organization, met with business and industry representatives, and heard from officials.
The students that won first place in their contests have qualified to represent Ozarks Technical Community College and the state of Missouri at the SkillsUSA National Conference, which will be held in Kansas City, Mo., in June. These students are already in the top 2 percentile in the United States in their chosen fields.
First Place Winners:
3-D Visualization & Animation — Karey Stewart and Josh Williams
Audio/Radio — Kyle Hammett and Michael Young
Basic Health Care — Lacey Montgomery
Broadcast News — Mackenzie Hickam, Trent Johnson, Gage Rudick and Brad Voelker
Collision Repair (written) — Jessica DeMalia
Collision Repair — Cody Martin and Jessica DeMalia
Commercial Baking (written) — Nathan Frazo
Commercial Baking — Nathan Frazo
Computer Programming — Lee Futter
Culinary Arts (written) — Mark Dandurand
Culinary Arts — Mark Dandurand
Diesel (written) — William Sobolewski
Food and Beverage (written) — Lori Saviello
HVAC — Richard Matti
Industrial Motor Control (written) — Victor Mitchell
Industrial Motor Control — Ben King and Victor Mitchell
Job Interview — Kristina Cunningham
Pre-School Teaching Assistant (written) — Kristina Cunningham
Pre-School Teaching Assistant — Jennifer Hampton
Technical Computer Applications — Glen Noel
TV Production (written) — Chris Fink
TV Production — Chris Greene and Jillian Mackey
Video Development — Michael Dube and Michael Leeper
Welding Fabrications — Jim Bowlin, Tyler Dudley and Jesse Hunzinger
SkillsUSA is a national organization serving trade, industrial, technical and health occupation students in public high schools, career and technical centers and two-year colleges. SkillsUSA has more than 300,000 student and professional members annually, organized into more than 13,000 chapters.
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