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Local students compete at SkillsUSA event

Alexandria Technical and Community College recently recognized several students at an awards ceremony who had competed at the local SkillsUSA competitions.

Students who received top awards are eligible to compete at the state competitions held in March.

Students enrolled in carpentry, diesel mechanics, mechatronics, machine tool technology, marine and small engine mechanics, welding technology and mechanical drafting, design and engineering programs were eligible to compete in 15 categories.

Following are the local winners:

● Scott Giannone of Alexandria, construction blueprint reading, honorable mention.

● Meghan Miller of Alexandria, trade math, third place.

● Trent Anderson of Alexandria, automated manufacturing technology, second place team contest.

● Craig Sholts of Alexandria, mechatronics, first place.

● Stefan Thomes of Garfield, fourth place.

● Jacob Schiltgen of Alexandria, precision machining technology – high school, first place.

● Andrew Berger of Villard, welding technology, honorable mention.

● Garret Scherr of Nelson, welding technology, honorable mention.

SkillsUSA is a nationwide partnership of business and industry, students and instructors. Its goals are to motivate students, teach leadership skills, assist teachers in producing quality occupations training and provide quality workers to business and industry.