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Drake State Student Wins National SKILLS USA Competition


(Huntsville, Alabama) - Theo Walston, an Industrial Electronics Technology student at Drake State, received a gold medal at the National Skills USA Leadership and Skills Conference recently held in Kansas City, Missouri. A total of ten students from Drake State earned the opportunity to compete on the national level. The students received national recognition for four top ten finishes. The competition includes college and high school level students from across the nation competing in a wide range of technical related skills tests. The students qualified for participation at the National Skills USA Leadership and Skills Conference by placing first or second in their state sponsored competitions.

Walston placed first in this year’s state competition in the category of Computer Maintenance, and was awarded the Gold Medal in this category which is the National Skills USA top honor. Walston also holds a gold medal from the 2008 Alabama State Competition and a silver medal from the 2008 Skills USA National Conference.

The Engineering Graphics Program had two top ten finishes. Alex Lott placed 8th overall in Architectural Drafting and the team of Trophy Thompson (Lead Presenter), David Nerche, and John Condo placed 8th in the DDT Professional Bulletin Board.

Hayden Sims, an Industrial Electronics student, placed 10th in the Electronics Applications competition.

About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives; working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It helps each student excel. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).

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