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Skills USA team shines at regionals

posted Mar 8, 2019, 4:24 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted March 8th, 2019

SkillsUSA is a  group of 36 students that learn technical skills, leadership, and citizenship. Provided by Slinger High’s SkillsUSA site, “SkillsUSA is a great way for students to improve their skill level, build confidence, and achieve a high level of self-satisfaction by participating in community service projects. Competitions consists of a ‘District’ contest held at a high school in our region in the fall semester.  Regionals are at either UW-Stout or at a technical college typically in February. The State contest is in April, in Madison. Students finishing first at State can compete at Nationals in June in Louisville, KY.” I interviewed Alyssa Koepke, the 2018 - 2019 Slinger SkillsUSA President, about the current standing of SkillsUSA.  She told me “SkillsUSA is traveling to our regional competition that is held at the University of Wisconsin Stout. We have students competing in many areas such as photography, electrical, technical drafting, welding, carpentry, job skill demonstration, and advertising design.” I also asked Sam Schodron, Slinger’s competitor in Computer Programming at Regionals, how he managed to take first place. “We drove up to UW-Stout Thursday night and competed in our competitions Friday. Our team did very well taking home seven gold medals. I put in a good amount of work outside of class at school to make sure I was prepared for anything they had thrown my way. I felt confident coming out of the competition that I had adequately completed the program and had a chance to place.”

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