The 2010 SkillsUSA Ohio State Championships gathered nearly 3,000 members and advisors from career training programs throughout Ohio, including 20 members of the Grant Career Center SkillsUSA Chapter.
The 58th annual Skills Championship was held at the Ohio State Fairground Complex in Columbus, April 23 and 24.
The Ohio SkillsUSA Championships consist of 81 career and leadership competitions. Participants are challenged to complete a project in their career-training area within a specified time frame while being rated by a panel of industry judges. Top qualifiers at the state competition will earn the opportunity to represent Ohio at the National SkillsUSA Championship in Kansas City, Missouri, June 20-25, 2010.
Courtney Pringle, a senior from Allied Health Science (Williamsburg) placed first in Extemporaneous Speech.
Courtney's competition required her to prepare a 3-5 minute speech on an assigned topic with five minutes of advance preparation. Courtney delivered her speech and was thrilled to find out she had earned a gold medal.
The Tech Prep Showcase Team consisting of Engineering Design students Tyler Hess (Bethel-Tate), Cory King (New Richmond), and Jerod Weber (Bethel-Tate) also placed first with their project, "Infrared Technology in Schools."
This project showcased the students' ability to create budget-friendly technology to assist in classroom learning. They will have the opportunity to share their project with the nation at the National Conference in June.
Senior Allied Health Science student Desiree Planck (New Richmond) earned a silver medal in First Aid and CPR while junior Brooke Hollifield (Williamsburg) brought home a silver medal in Basic Health Care Skills.
Other students competing in events at the state level include: Dillon Smith, Technical Drafting, Engineering Design, (Felicity-Franklin); Chelsea Pennington, Prepared Speech, Allied Health Science, (Bethel-Tate); William Boys, Collision Repair, Auto Collision, (Bethel-Tate); Melanie Carter, Job Interview, Cosmetology, (Williamsburg): Mercedes Featherkile, Nurse Assisting, Allied Health Science, (New Richmond); Crystal Rayburn, Medical Assisting, Allied Health Science, (Williamsburg);
Dennis Sandker, Related Technical Math, Engineering Design, (Bethel-Tate); and the Robotics and Automation Team of Matt Brown (Felicity-Franklin) and Jacob McKinney (Georgetown), both from Engineering Design.
The Health Knowledge Bowl Team also competed at the state level. Team members from the Allied Health Science program include: Samantha Scott and Krista Sells (Williamsburg), Laura Buckler (Felicity-Franklin), and Chase Gleason (New Richmond).