Students Bring Home the Medals for Skills USA

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CASPER, WY - Students participating in Wyoming Skills USA finished up their final day Wednesday receiving awards for their outstanding work in technical field studies.

The students get excited for this annual event, not only to compete for medals, but to learn communication skills to help them in their future.

“We get to focus on technical and vocational skills so we have a vast array of students competing in computer programing, welding, nursing, culinary. You name it we probably have it," said Alumni Assistant Liz Pollo.

All students not only had to perform within their career path but present it in the competition.

“So when mobile robotics comes in, they come in with a robot and their given them a course to go through or a task. They perform the task and will usually give a presentation on it. That all accumulates in their score with their resume and their written test. That's what determines who gets to go back to nationals in Kansas City this year," said Pollo.

Leadership is part of Skills and their commitment to excelling students.

"I've gotten a lot out of the organization. I'm starting to give back for that reason. I've got a great job because of it and great leadership skills. It's overall been a huge benefit to me." State Skills USA President Quentin McGuire.

Skills participation readies participants in whatever technical field they find enjoyable.

"Before I started skills, I just knew I was going into the nursing field,” said State Skills USA VP Carsen Mowry. “I didn't really know what I was doing. My chapter really helped me. I know now, I am going to nursing school next year. I've just got a really good handle on what I'm doing the rest of my life."

The staff says they love to watch the students achieve their goals.

"They really shine in their skills. Their showcasing what they know and what they know how to do. They also, represent their schools very well. Their polite, their courteous, Their honorable, which are part of the components of our organization," said Wyoming skills USA coordinator Toni Decklever.

Each student must be enrolled in a career technical education class in order to participate.

753 students attended the event and 60 received gold medals.

The 60 students will continue on to Kansas City in June to compete in the national competition.