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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Area students to compete in National SkillsUSA Championship June 26-27

  • Several local high school and college/post-secondary technical students are scheduled to take part in the 2013 National SkillsUSA Championships to be held Wednesday, June 26, and Thursday, June 27, in Kansas City.
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  • Several local high school and college/post-secondary technical students are scheduled to take part in the 2013 National SkillsUSA Championships to be held Wednesday, June 26, and Thursday, June 27, in Kansas City.
    There will be 239 students from Missouri and 119 from Kansas that will join more than 5,900 other state champions competing in 98 hands-on skill and leadership contests in a showcase of technology that covers an area equivalent to the size of 16-plus football fields.
    Among the local students taking part in the national contests are as follows:
    • Josiah Nisbett, 20, of Rolla, student at Linn State Technical College, will compete in the industrial motor control contest in the post-secondary division.
    • Emanda Hagenhoff, 23, of St. James, a student at Linn State Technical College, will compete with a team of three in the promotional bulletin board contest in the post-secondary division.
    • Mercedes Montgomery, 19, of Union, a student at Rolla Technical Institute, will compete in the advertising design contest in the post-secondary division.
    • Seth Henson, 18, of Rolla, a student at Rolla Technical Institute, will compete in the cabinet-making contest in the secondary division.
    • Andrew Hunter, 18, of Raymondville, a student at Rolla Technical Institute, will compete in the carpentry contest in the post-secondary division.
    • Steve Ortiz, 43, of Rolla, Frank Nelson, 55, of St. Robert, and Darian Milligan, 19, of Salem, all students at Rolla Technical Institute, will compete in a team of three in the CPS-information technology contest in the post-secondary division.
    • Johnathan Matthews, 20, of Rolla, a student at Rolla Technical Institute, will compete in the masonry competition in the post-secondary division.
    These regional students have been enrolled in technical training programs throughout Kansas and Missouri and earned the right to participate in this national championships, a highlight of the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, by winning their respective state contests.
    The national winners will be named at an awards ceremony Friday evening, June 28, at Kemper Arena, where they will receive medals and trophies, scholarships and tools of their trade provided by industry sponsors.
    Among the contests students will compete in are culinary arts, 3-D visualization and animation, automotive service, electrical wiring, computer maintenance, carpentry, prepared speech, robotics and automation technology, advertising design, practical nursing, firefighting, broadcast news and welding sculpture. The contests will be run and judged by industry representatives, using nationally-accepted standards.
    This is the 20th year that Kansas City has hosted the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and it will remain in Kansas City through 2014.
    Approximately 15,000 students, teachers, business partners, families and friends are expected to attend the championships.
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