July 11, 2008

43 NEBRASKA STUDENTS EARN SkillsUSA NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Forty-three Nebraska students received national recognition at a recent conference sponsored by SkillsUSA.

One hundred and sixty five Nebraska students and advisors attended the conference. Nebraska students were among the 4,800 students competing in 91 occupational and leadership skill areas.  SkillsUSA programs also help establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom.

The following Nebraska students received medals: 

1st Place, Gold Medal
Karen Swartz of Columbus, Postsecondary Related Technical Math. Swartz attends Central Community College in Columbus.

2nd Place, Silver Medal
Dina Miller of Bennington, Postsecondary Food and Beverage Service. Miller attends Metropolitan Community College in Omaha.

3rd Place, Bronze Medals
David Miller of Plattsmouth, Diesel Equipment Technology. Miller attends Metropolitan Community College in Omaha.

3rd Place, Bronze Medals
Gabriel Hedrick of Papillion and Mark Wegener of Omaha, Postsecondary Television/Video Production. Hedrick and Wegener attend Metropolitan Community College in Omaha.

Other Top Ten finalists include:

4th Place, Opening and Closing Ceremonies Team
Norris High School. Team members are Brian Glenn, Natasha Hahn, Jacob Hartwig, Conner Moormeier, Erin Schoenbeck, Jen Spang and Cody Wedding.

4th Place, Postsecondary Firefighting
David Tyma of Lincoln. Tyma attends Southeast Community College in Lincoln.

4th Place, Postsecondary Motorcycle Service Technology
Cody Breiner of Seward. Breiner attends Southeast Community College in Lincoln.

4th Place, Computer Maintenance Technology
Alan Nelson, Sutton High School.

4th Place, Postsecondary Diesel Equipment Technology
Scott Bohn of Gibbon. Bohn attends Central Community College in Hastings.

4th Place, Postsecondary TeamWorks
Wayne State College. Team members are Zach Hill of Lincoln, Ryan Knight of Omaha, Seth Teegerstrom of Stromsburg and Shawn Vinson of Hadar.

5th Place, Postsecondary Welding Fabrication
Kurtis Einspahr of Holyoke, Colorado, and Josh Martin of Elm Creek. Einspahr and Martin attend Central Community College in Hastings.

6th Place, Mechatronics
Johnathan Avery and Nathan Sabatka, Lincoln North Star High School.

6th Place, Quiz Bowl
Eric Heinicke, Theresa Honeycutt, Josh Luff, Matt Schranz, Andrew Sorsen and Becky Wagner,  Seward High School.

7th Place, Prepared Speech
Jenna Hoins, Seward High School.

7th Place, Postsecondary Precision Machining
Leo Kochanowicz of Omaha. Kochanowicz attends Metropolitan Community College in Omaha.

7th Place, TeamWorks
Shelby Arens, Jesse Graves, Trent Schieffer and Deryk Wortmann, Crofton High School.

8th Place, Postsecondary Photography
Audrey Churchill of Holstein. Churchill attends Central Community College in Columbus.

8th Place, Postsecondary Internetworking         
Trevor Bailey of Norfolk. Bailey attends Northeast Community College in Norfolk.

9th Place, Postsecondary Architectural Drafting
Steven Severson of Norfolk. Severson attends Northeast Community College in Norfolk.

9th Place, Collision Repair Technology
Kevin Baker,  Platteview High School.

10th Place, Related Technical Math
Andrew Tew, Bellevue East High School.

10th Place, Postsecondary Cabinetmaking
Tim Gatewood of Omaha. Gatewood attends Metropolitan Community College in Omaha.

10th Place, Postsecondary Computer Maintenance Technology
Kevin Swartz of Columbus. Swartz attends Central Community College in Columbus.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce and to help students excel. SkillsUSA serves trade, industrial, technical and health occupation students in high schools and college/technical schools and emphasizes quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of work.

SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities.