KC Students Do Well at SkillsUSA Competition

​Kaskaskia College Career and Technical Education students across the State came together for the opening ceremony of the 50th anniversary of Illinois SkillsUSA in Springfield.  On Friday morning, April 4th, hundreds of competitors competed in their specific fields and by the end of the day students had experienced an unforgettable day.  On Saturday morning, the event ended with closing ceremonies and awards.
Kaskaskia College was represented in Springfield by 20 students and 8 advisors with all 20 students finishing in the top ten of their competitions!  KC brought home eight (8) gold medals, seven (7) silver medals, three (3) bronze medals, and one (1) 4th place recognition for the state.  In addition, Kaskaskia College received an Illinois SkillsUSA 2nd place membership award.
Kaskaskia College Career and Technical Education competing students included:  
Chris Bieber, Sorento, Automotive Service Technology, 3rd place (bronze),
Logan Straeter, Breeze, Automotive Service Technology, 9th place,
Matt Holthaus, Centralia, Carpentry, 1st place (gold),
De’Andre Downey, Centralia, Carpentry, 2nd place (silver),
Steven Tooley, Okawville, Computer Maintenance Technology, 1st place (gold),
Curtis Mollett, Keysport, Computer Maintenance Technology, 2nd place (silver),
Natalie Bergkoetter, Addieville, Cosmetology, 1st place (gold),
Michaela Blackburn, Highland, Cosmetology Model, 1st place (gold),
Jessica Kruep, Sandoval, Cosmetology, 2nd place (silver),
Chelsea Kohrmann, Bartelso, Cosmetology Model, 2nd place (silver),
Katherine Williams, Nashville, Criminal Justice, 1st place (gold),
Andrew Blandford, Salem, Criminal Justice, 2nd place (silver),
Kathleen Brewer, Salem, Culinary Arts, 1st place (gold),
Blake Waterson, Alma, Internetworking, 2nd place (silver),
Samantha McGee, Carlyle, Nail Care, 1st place (gold),
Mackenzie Miles, Pana, Nail Care Model, 1st place (gold),
Curtis DeSherlia, Vandalia, Web Design, 3rd place (bronze),
Daniel Krueger, Salem, Web Design, 3rd place (bronze),
James Schultz, St. Elmo, Welding, 2nd place (silver),
Levi Hester, Salem, Welding, 4th place (recognition).
Advisors attending this year’s competition include:  Chris Browne, Cosmetology; Chuck DeBernardi, Automotive Technology; Pete Donnelly, Carpentry; Angenien Huffstutler, Internetworking and Computer Maintenance; Kenneth Ingersoll, Criminal Justice; David Koleson, Welding; Kelli Malone, Nail Care; and Robert Rhymes, Culinary Arts.
Students placing first place in State competition will now advance to the National SkillsUSA competition, Kansas City, MO, in June.

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