Four students earn top awards at SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Four students representing SPSCC put their skills to the test and brought home medals after the SkillsUSA Washington Leadership and Skills Postsecondary Spring Conference.  SkillsUSA is a nationwide organization supporting students as they prepare for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations.

SPSCC student participants traveled with advisors Alex Wittmann and Steve McRavin to Columbia Basin College on April 20 – 23, 2017, to compete in areas of Job Demonstration, Technical Math, Welding, and Automotive Service Technology.

Student Alanna Young, in her second year competing, took home the gold medal for Technical Math.  Last year, Young claimed the bronze for Technical Math and placed fourth in the Prepared Speech competition.

Lyon, Mauerman, Young, and Masteller at the competition in front of SkillsUSA BannerBringing home two awards in her first year, Austen Lyon competed alongside Young in Technical Math and won silver.  Lyon also brought home the bronze in Welding and was the only female in the region to compete in the category.

New to the competition this year, and also earning a gold, Jill Mauerman impressed judges in the Job Demonstration Open category.  Additionally, student Andy Masteller took sixth place in Automotive Service Technology.

Mauerman, Lyon, and Young are eligible to compete with 6,000 others at the SkillsUSA Championships, which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, from June 18 – 24, 2017.  Mauerman and Lyon are preparing to attend, although Young cannot make the trip.

Advisor and Associate Automotive Professor Steve McRavin shared his enthusiasm for helping inspire and lead SPSCC students in the program for the fifth consecutive year.  “As an advisor, I feel very privileged to work with these students.  It's not just about winning medals, it's about outcomes and preparing them for the world of work.”  McRavin added that, “All of the participants are full time students and have part-time jobs and families.  Participating in SkillsUSA is a huge commitment, and we are truly proud of them.”

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs.  With more than 335,000 student and instructor members, SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.  It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communication skills and emphasizes total quality at work.

Austen Lyon dressed in welding attire at SkillsUSA competition