Nine students took the stage to claim their first place finish and honors to compete at the National Championships in Louisville, Ky., in June, and more than 20 medalists walked on stage and earned top 3 medals.

More than 70 students from Grand River Technical Schools SkillsUSA Organization competed in over 150 competitions during Districts and State championships. Nine students took the stage to claim their first place finish and honors to compete at the National Championships in Louisville, Ky., in June, and more than 20 medalists walked on stage and earned top 3 medals. Grand River Technical School, the 16 area schools whose students attend GRTS, multiple communities and hundreds of family members and students were represented with honors and skills at SkillsUSA State Championships. National SkillsUSA is in Louisville Kentucky. Only 1st place finishers are invited to compete June 24th through June 30th. SkillsUSA students will now be busy finalizing competitions in preparing for Nationals as well as fundraising. If you are interested in supporting the local SkillsUSA National competitors and GRTS please contact Adam Wolf or Jamie Caughron at GRTS at 660-646-3414. Some student thoughts about State SkillsUSA Championships are: “SkillsUSA has impacted my life because it helped me build my confidence from the events I competed in. I have made new friendships that will last for a long time. This is a special organization that has made a difference and I am very thankful for that.” Maddison Eller, Chillicothe High School “I really got out of my shell, I am normally a shy guy but it was different I kinda broke my shell and I had a blast I really enjoyed myself for once.” Colten Pickeral, Cameron High School “I think State SkillsUSA helped me grow as a person because it taught me to believe in myself even when I don’t think something went very good. I got to meet new people and become better friends with people from our school. From going to State SkillsUSA I think that everyone learned that hard work pays off and when you set your mind to something, you will accomplish great things.” Carleigh Crawford, Chillicothe H.S. “When OCC came on the screen for 1st place I was really excited because we were going to Nationals and I knew our OCC family would continue to grow and we would get to continue to compete together!” Malloree Summers, Chillicothe H.S. “I am really thankful for this experience because not only did I learn some things about myself, but I also learned more about how to treat people better and how to act in different situations. I am also super thankful for this time because I met some awesome people and made new friends with people that I know our friendship will last for a very long time!” Riley Foyt, Chillicothe High School SkillsUSA (formerly known as VICA) is a national organization serving high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations in high schools and college/technical schools. SkillsUSA prepares America’s high performance workers. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities. For more information: www.skillsusa.org. – submitted by Sonja Daley, SkillsUSA Advisor GRTS Among those competiting earning 1st place medals and National Championship invitations are: Maddie Eller – 1st Health Occupations Professional Portfolio Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Satara Bassett – 1st Opening and Closing Cermonies Team Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Tina Avalon High School Jessica Brade – 1st Opening and Closing Cermonies Team Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Alexie Dickerson – 1st Opening and Closing Cermonies Team Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Kelsie Kirkpatrick – 1st Opening and Closing Cermonies Team Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Gallatin High School Elizabeth Leach – 1st Opening and Closing Cermonies Team Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Malloree Summers – 1st Opening and Closing Cermonies Team Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Addison Webber – 1st Opening and Closing Cermonies Team Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Cameron High School Tanner Neidholdt – 1st Industrial Motor Control, 1st Industrial Motor Control Technical Information Industrial Maintenance Program Mr Harrington Post Secondary Top 3 Medalist include: Greeley Whitsonm – 2nd Industrial Motor Control 2nd Industrial Motor Control Technical Information Industrial Maintenance Program Mr Harrington Post Secondary Metaija Johnson – 2nd Chapter Display Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Trenton High School Taylor Sparks – 2nd Chapter Display Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Trenton High School Jakolbie Stotts – 2nd Chapter Display Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Trenton High School Ryley Baragary – 2nd Courtesy Corp Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan CameronHigh School Satara Bassett – 3rd Health Knowledge Bowl Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Tina Avalon High School Carleigh Crawford- 3rd Health Knowledge Bowl Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Kimberlee Roney- 3rd Health Knowledge Bowl Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Malloree Summers – 3rd Health Knowledge Bowl Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Karder Debolt – 3rd Opening and Closing Cermonies Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Braymer High School Brittany Derickson – 3rd Opening and Closing Cermonies Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Hayes Heussner – 3rd Opening and Closing Cermonies Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Hale High School Josie Hicks – 3rd Opening and Closing Cermonies Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Carissa Keithley – 3rd Opening and Closing Cermonies Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Breckenridge High School Gracie Smith – 3rd Opening and Closing Cermonies Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Northwestern High School Taylor Wilkison – 3rd Opening and Closing Cermonies Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Ridge Barron – 3rd Collision Repair Technology Automotive Services Mr Haslar Post Secondary Hannah Bills – 3rd Career Pathway Showcase Health Science Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Braymer High School Amanda Dines – 3rd Career Pathway Showcase Health Science Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Breckenridge High School Jenna Moffet – 3rd Career Pathway Showcase Health Science Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Top 10 finish Colten Pickeral – 4th Employment Application Process Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Cameron High School Katelyn Campbell- 4th Career Pathway Showcase Health Science Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Courtney Jessen – 4th Career Pathway Showcase Health Science Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Tabitha Sayre – 4th Career Pathway Showcase Health Science Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Linn Co High School Turner Otto – 4th Automotive Service Technology; 5th Automotive Service Technology Information Auto Services Technology Program Mr Hinnen Post Secondary Alexie Dickerson – 5th Nurse Assisting Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Satara Bassett – 5th Nurse Assisting Technical Information Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Tina Avalon High School Riley Horton – 5th Collision Repair Technical Information Automotive Services Mr Haslar Post Secondary Jacklyn Maize – 6th Employment Application Process Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Gallatin High School Zachary Hampton – 6th Diesel Equipment Technical Information – 7th Diesel Equipment Technology Diesel Services Program Mr Summers Post Secondary April Shiflett – 6th Job Skill Demonstration Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Meadville High School Waylon Puckett – 6th Diesel Equipment Technology 9th Diesel Equipment Technical Information Diesel Services Program Mr Summers Hamilton High School Vanessa Olivio – 7th First Aid CPR Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Trenton High School Micheal McLey – 7th Collision Repair Technical Information; 7th Collision Repair Technology Automotive Services Mr Haslar Post Secondary Jeremy Dobbins – 7th Automotive Service Technology Information – 8th Automotive Service Technology Auto Services Technology Program Mr Hinnen Hamilton High School Maddie Eller – 8th Job Interview Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Metaija Johnson – 8th Medical Terminology – 10th Nurse Assisting Technical Information Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Trenton High School Riley Foyt – 9th Customer Service Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Dillon Whiteman – 9th Cabinetmaking Building Trades Program Mr Todd/Mr Dennis Hale High School Additional Competitors Clayton Wright – 11th Maintenance and Light Repair – 11th Action Skills Auto Services Technology Program Mr Hinnen Chillicothe High School Kimberlee Roney – 11th Prepared Speech Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Cameron Terry – 11th Automotive Service Technology Auto Services Technology Program Mr Hinnen Gallatin High School Jeremy Dobbins – 11th Automotive Service Technology Information Auto Services Technology Program Mr Hinnen Hamilton High School Mason Eaton – 11th Diesel Equipment Technical Information; 20th Diesel Equipment Technology Diesel Services Program Mr Summers Gallatin High School Alexie Dickerson – 15th Nurse Assisting Technical Information Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Maddie Eller – 16th Nurse Assisting Technical Information Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Chillicothe High School Klarissa Roberts – 16th Extemporaneous Speaking Health Services Technology Program Mrs Daley/Mrs Sullivan Meadville High School SkillsUSA Fact Sheet Membership: More than 305,000 student and instructors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 14,700 sections and 54 state and territorial as­sociations.  SkillsUSA has served more than 10 million members. Mission: SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work: high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service. Partners: Currently, more than 16,000 teachers and school administrators serve as professional SkillsUSA members and instructors. More than 1,000 business, industry and labor sponsors actively support SkillsUSA at the national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities. Many more work directly with state associations and local chapters. Programs: SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual SkillsUSA Championships, more than 5,000 students compete in more than 90 occupational and leadership skill contests.  SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom, and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a successful model of employer-driven youth development training program by the U.S. Department of Labor.