The Press Newspaper
Penta students earn top awards at SkillsUSA competition
Among the six Penta students earning first place and receiving gold medals included:
Among 12 students earning second place and silver medals were Nick Swan (Lake), Construction Masonry and Ryan Wicker (Woodmore), Construction Remodeling for the Team Works contest; Tyler Bunker (Northwood), Public Safety/Criminal Justice, for the Criminal Justice contest; and Nick McCullough (Eastwood), Public Safety/Criminal Justice, for the Prepared Speech contest.
Third place (bronze medals) were awarded to Colten Palmer (Genoa), Public Safety/Criminal Justice, for the Criminal Justice contest and Vanessa Cheatham (Genoa), Medical Technologies, for the Medical Terminology contest.
All the students qualify for the Ohio SkillsUSA Championships in Columbus April 27 and 28.
SkillsUSA is a national organization for high school students who are training for careers in trade, industrial, technical, and health-related occupations. The organization provides quality educational experiences such as leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development skills.
Presented by the College’s Transportation Technologies, the contest involved high school teams, consisting of two students, completing various testing to determine their expertise of tractors. As part of the practical skills competition, teams were required to locate, identify and repair a malfunction on a specified tractor donated for the event.
A panel of 10 judges, comprising industry representatives and Owens Transportation Technologies faculty, graded each high school in the areas of workmanship as a team, safety practices, problem-solving techniques and identification, and repair of malfunctions to determine a district champion.
The district championship went to Matt Haar and Hunter Haar, both of Elmore, from Woodmore High School, with a score of 254. They were accompanied by their teacher, Adam Downs.
Students from two career centers tied for second with scores of 232: Four County’s Quintin Keefer and Nathan Seiler, both of Fayette; accompanied by their teacher, Larry Wieland; and Penta’s Bryan Schaller of Perrysburg and Shane Streib of Whitehouse, accompanied by their teacher, Steve Schumm.
Other students and high schools involved in the competition included Eastwood’s Bryan Cafka and Adam Wolf, both of Luckey; accompanied by their teacher, David Little, seventh place; Michael Clark and Trevor McLear, both of Genoa; accompanied by their teacher, David Stacklin, ninth place
Tiffin University: Nicholas Zink, of Gibsonburg; Benjamin Sutter, Crystal Boss, of Martin; Jonathan Lester, of Millbury; Ashley Madison, Christopher Spangler, Scott Spangler, of Oak Harbor; Michael Gibbons, of Pemberville; Mallory Siebenaler, of Woodville; Ashley Schultz, of Oregon.
Ben Jacks, Emily Bitter and Laura Luckey were among Penta students earning top awards at the SkillsUSA contest that was held Feb. 17 in Tiffin.