Thirty-seven students from North Platte High school competed in the 2014 SkillsUSA Nebraska State Leadership and Skills Conference April 16-18 in Omaha.Nearly 100 skills competitions were held April 17 at the downtown CenturyLink Center, Metropolitan Community College and Double Tree by Hilton.
The following North Platte students, including welders and the opening and closing team, won an award:
Westley Hoatson, first place, automotive service technology
Philip Hammer, first, diesel equipment technology
Ian Bridge, first, opening and closing ceremonies
Katei Hunt, first, opening and closing ceremonies
Nadezdha Hughes, first, opening and closing ceremonies
Sarah Meyer, first, opening and closing ceremonies
Sydney McGahan, first, opening and closing ceremonies
Taylor Kramer, first, opening and closing ceremonies
Tanner Malmkar, first, opening and closing ceremonies
Benjamin Jolliffe, first, opening and closing ceremonies
Colton Craig, first, welding fabrication
Joe Pascoe, first, welding fabrication
Colton Thompson, first, welding fabrication
Gilbert Seck, second, metric 500, senior division
Dillion Schultz, second, welding overall
Blake Tucker, third, welding overall
Dillion Schultz, third, state only- gas tungsten arc welding
Dylan Siemers, first, state only- oxygen and acetylene welding
Terrance Nelson, third, state only- oxygen and acetylene welding
Blake Tucker, third, state only- shielded metal arc welding
By virtue of their first place wins, Hoatson, Hammer, Bridge, Hunt, Hughes, Meyer, McGahan, Kramer, Malmkar and Jolliffe will compete in opening and closing ceremonies at the national competition in Kansas City on June 23–27, continuing a long-standing North Platte tradition.
Craig, Pascoe and Thompson will compete in welding at the national competition in Kansas City, another standing achievement for North Platte students.
The annual SkillsUSA state championships involved more than 1,200 students from 72 Nebraska chapters. During the competition, students worked against the clock and each other, proving expertise in occupations such as automotive servicing, construction, welding, electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts.
Leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, including opening and closing ceremonies, extemporaneous speaking, and job interview skills.
Top students earn prizes and scholarships from community colleges, businesses and industry.