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Kish students place in SkillsUSA competition

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

DAILY CHRONICLE

Kishwaukee College students earned several top-five place finishes in the Annual SkillsUSA Illinois State Leadership Conference and SkillsUSA Championships held in Springfield on April 11-13.

SkillsUSA is a national organization for technical, skilled, health and personal service occupation for students in high school and college.  

In Illinois, there are seven regions with 88 high school and college chapters representing 225 training sections. Kishwaukee College students competed against community college students from across the state. High school students from the area also competed as representatives of the Kishwaukee Education Consortium against other high school level students. 

In all, there were nearly 1,500 registered participants in Springfield, plus 300 business, industry, organized labor and educational professionals supporting the competitors.

The students competed in a wide range of events, including leadership development contests, skilled and technical science contests, health contests, and occupation-related contests. Kishwaukee College sent student competitors in several areas.

Kishwaukee College students who placed at the Illinois SkillsUSA competition from the Collision Repair Technology Program were: Colton Tomisek, third place in collision repair; Matt Falco, second place in automotive refinishing; Matt Devine, third place in automotive refinishing.

Students who placed at Illinois SkillsUSA from the Criminal Justice Program were: Melody Boyle, third rlace in individual tactics; the team of Patricia Stensrud, Penny Ingles, and Josh Scott, third place in team crime scene.

Students were recognized for their achievements at a special awards ceremony April 13 in Springfield. Winners received gold, silver, and bronze medallions as well as tools, equipment, prizes and scholarships donated by education, labor, and management organizations that support SkillsUSA.

For more information on SkillsUSA at Kishwaukee College, contact Greg Brink at 815-825-2086, ext. 3280 or at greg.brink@kishwaukeecollege.edu.

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