ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Several Mid-East students recently traveled to Columbus to compete in the SkillsUSA Competition at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. SkillsUSA is a vocational education program that provides training and leadership skills as well as opportunities for high school students to compete regionally in their specific fields.
Seven students brought home medals from the competition with Clayton Matheny earning gold and a chance to compete in the SkillsUsa national championship, June 20-24 in Atlanta, Georgia.
“I took part in the Telecommunications Cabling Competition. It’s relatively small compared to the other competitions. It’s kind of important to know that people know how to do this because everything runs off of the ethernet cables,” Matheny said.
Matheny entered the Columbus competition confidently and finished ahead of the others. He knew he did well but winning didn’t sink in until days later when his instructor began discussing the trip to Atlanta.
Mid-East’s SkillsUSA Advisor Dennis Polvinale explained how the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America changed its name to SkillsUSA and how the program benefits students.
“His program is unique. He is a really good student and his competition is really tough at state. So for him to come out with a gold medal is fantastic because it is really tough competition. And he’s going to move on to Atlanta,” Polvinale said. “It’s an unbelievable experience for a week.
Polvinale noted that the competitions offer networking opportunities with businesses and believes vocational education students have an advantage over college students in their careers because they have a head start toward employment.
Mid-East had five students who received Silver Medals:
Ethan Miller, Dorothy Mowery, and Emma Waxler from the Robotics and Automation Design program won Silver in the Career Pathways Showcase.
Camren Carter from the Computer Networking/Electronic Technology program won Silver in Electrical Technologies.
Blake Lucas from the Restaurant and Food Service Operations program won Silver in Job Demonstration A.
Fenton Molisee from the Practical Nurse program won Silver in Medical Math.
Braydin White from the Applied Engineering and Machining program won Silver in CNC Milling.
Mollie Jarrett, Tabitha Milligan, Haelyn Renick, and Mason Snider from the Practical Nurse program won Bronze in the Health Knowledge Bowl.