Three FHSD Students to Compete at SkillsUSA National Competition

Posted on 04/18/2019
Austin Winkle and team place third in HVAC Sheet Metal competition

Ten FHSD students representing the Lewis & Clark Career Center medaled in their respective competitions at the SkillsUSA Missouri State Leadership and Skills Conference. Jimmy Johnson (FHHS), Mason Aguilar (FHC), and Amanda Hasenbeck (FHN) earned the right to represent Missouri at the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June after earning first-place gold medals in the HVAC Sheet Metal, Power Equipment Technology, and Medical Terminology competitions. This will be Aguilar’s second trip to Nationals, he won the state competition last year as a junior. Dalton Schmidt (FHHS) won first place in HVAC Tech Info and Logan Bowers (FHN) captured gold in the Brick/Masonry Tech written exam, but the written test is not offered at Nationals.

Sean Barker and team at SkillsUSA competitionSkyler Hance (FHN) took home two second-place silver medals in Basic Health Care and Medical Terminology. Third-place bronze medal winners included Anthony Ludwig (FHC) as a part of the Construction Teamworks team, Elizabeth Bequette (FHC) in Technical Computer Applications, Sean Barker (FHHS) as a part of the Quiz Bowl team, and Austin Winkle (FHN) who placed third in both the HVAC Sheet Metal and written HVAC Tech information exam.

Lewis & Clark fielded 66 competitors in 81 different competitions over the three days of events. Students competed in a variety of technical, hands-on, written, and oral competitions that related directly to their program of study at Lewis & Clark. A total of 32 medals were awarded to Lewis & Clark students. Six students, including Johnson, Aguilar, and Hasenbeck will move on to the national competition and represent the state of Missouri.

SkillsUSA competition“We are extremely proud of all of our competitors and excited to see Jimmy, Mason, and Amanda represent Missouri at Nationals,” said Dr. Andrew M. Stewart, director of the Lewis & Clark Career Center. “These champions epitomize the best of Lewis & Clark.”

SkillsUSA is an applied method for preparing America’s high-performance workers in career and technical programs. It provides quality educational experiences for its members in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities. The Lewis & Clark Career Center provides career and technical education for juniors and seniors from all five school districts in St. Charles County. For more information, visit the Lewis and Clark website.

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