Topeka, Kan. – Forty-one Washburn Tech students reinforced the tradition of success by bringing home 29 gold, 16 silver and 13 bronze medals from annual statewide SkillsUSA Kansas competition in Hutchinson, Kan.   

    Students capturing the top awards in turn earned the right to compete at SkillsUSA national competition June 19-23 in Atlanta, Ga. This event showcases career and technical education students in the nation who work against the clock and each other while proving their expertise in occupations such as computer technology, cabinetmaking, precision machining, culinary arts and advertising design. 

    “Students who compete at the SkillsUSA state level are confirming their training experience here at Washburn Tech,” said David Praiswater, Washburn Tech instructor and SkillsUSA advisor. “In addition to validating their technical skills, they are bringing recognition to Washburn Tech and the instructors who prepared them.”

    Washburn Tech students who placed in the top three of their respective competitions are:  

    Auburn:  Brittany Puff, practical nursing - gold, Medical Math; gold, Quiz Bowl; bronze, Health Knowledge Bowl.  

    Axtell:  Wyatt Deters, culinary - silver, Culinary Arts. 

    Carbondale:  Nicholas Noriega, welding - gold, Welding Sculpture.  

    Harveyville:  Alexandria Cassette, automotive collision & refinishing technology - silver, Pin Design; bronze, Automotive Collision & Refinishing.

    Holton:  Chardae Dick, automotive collision & refinishing technology - gold, Related Technical Math; silver, Collision Repair Technology; Landon Kennedy, welding - gold, Welding Fabrication; Ashton Wood, advanced systems technology - gold, Mechatronics. 

    Lecompton:  Taralyn Meyer, graphics technology - gold, T-shirt Design; silver, Advertising Design. 

    Lyndon:  Savannah Perez, cosmetology - silver, Nail Care.

    Mayetta:  Preston Golden, welding - gold, Welding Fabrication. 

    Meriden:  Matthew Hodgkiss, automotive collision & refinishing technology - bronze, Collision Damage Appraisal; Kimber Pollom, emergency medical technician - bronze, First Aid/CPR.  

    Osage City:  Marissa Boyce, practical nursing - gold, Quiz Bowl; silver, Related Technical Math; bronze, Health Knowledge Bowl; bronze, Medical Math.

    Silver Lake:  Corey York, information systems technology - gold, Quiz Bowl.  

    Tecumseh:  Carson Freeman, electrical technology - bronze, Electrical Construction Wiring.  

    Topeka:   Clarence Clemo, industrial systems technology - gold, Internetworking; gold, Quiz Bowl; Kelly Del-Zio, culinary - gold, Job Skill Demonstration A; bronze, Culinary Arts; Rachel Dilks, culinary - silver, T-Shirt Design; Austin M. Fowler, culinary - silver, Restaurant Service; Peyton Grubb, culinary - silver, Job Skill Demonstration A; Lundin Hogan, emergency medical technician - silver, First Aid/CPR; Joseph Holthaus, automotive collision & refinishing technology - gold, Collision Repair Technology; Ethan Maldonado, automotive collision & refinishing technology - gold, Automotive Refinishing Technology; Jeremy Martin, automotive collision & refinishing technology - gold, Automotive Refinishing Technology; Javier Ortiz, electrical technology - gold, Electrical Construction Wiring; Zevin Para-Cremer, cabinet/millwork - gold, Quiz Bowl; bronze, Electrical Construction Wiring; Wyatt Raines, automotive collision & refinishing technology - silver, Collision Damage Appraisal; Joan Roman-Perez, cabinet/millwork - gold, Cabinetmaking; bronze, T-Shirt Design; Maya Sangalakula, culinary - silver, Pin Design; William Sevy, information systems technology - gold, Quiz Bowl; silver, Internetworking; Zayne Sommers, early childhood professional - gold, Early Childhood Education; Caden Starr, automotive collision & refinishing technology - gold, Collision Damage Appraisal; Ethan Stookey, cabinet/millwork - silver, Cabinetmaking; Julianne Trotter, cosmetology - silver, Cosmetology; Kiah Wall, practical nursing - gold, Job Interview; gold, Medical Terminology; bronze, Health Knowledge Bowl; Michael Zecha, advanced systems technology - gold, Mechatronics. 

    An international organization, SkillsUSA, improves the quality of America's workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work. SkillsUSA, a nonprofit organization, empowers its student membership to become leaders and responsible citizens. 


For further information, contact:
Lori Hutchinson
Interim Director of Public Relations
Telephone: 785-670-1711
Cell: 785-224-6212
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