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Drake State Students Get Gold At SKILLS Competition


(Huntsville, Alabama) - Ten Drake State Students were awarded Gold or Silver Metals recently at the Alabama Skills USA competition held in Montgomery. The competition includes college and high school level students from across the state competing in a wide range of technical related skills tests. The theme for the 2009 State Leadership Conference was Champions at Work, Leadership in Transition which defines the goals of the SkillsUSA competition. The first and second place finishers earn the honor to compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, June 23 – 28.

Twenty-two competitors were on the Drake State team this year. The team compiled a total of twelve medals.

Theo Walston an Industrial Electronics Technology student, who placed first in last year’s state competition in the category of Computer Maintenance, successfully defended his gold medal from the 2008 state competition. Walston earned the right to compete for a second straight year in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, where he previously received a silver medal.

This year he shares the honor of state gold medalist with six other Drake State Teammates. From the Engineering Graphics Program: Trophy Thompson (Lead Presenter), David Nerche, and John Condo – DDT Professional Bulletin Board , Kiara French – DDT Extemporaneous Speaking, Alex Lott – DDT Architectural Drafting, and William Raney - DDT Job Skills Demo A. Also winning a gold medal from the Industrial Electricity Program was Hayden Sims - ILT Electronics.
Anthony Harris of the Industrial Electricity Program placed second in the ILT Electronics Category and Bridgett Casey of the Engineering Graphics Program placed second in DDT Job Skills Demo.

Two additional students place third and received bronze medals for their efforts. Those students were Nicholas Vandzant of the Industrial Electricity Program competing in ILT Electronics and John Hillenburg of the Automotive Technology Program in the Automotive Technology 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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