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Vol. 45, No. 61

Aug. 5, 2011

Thirty-Four Missouri Students Earn Medals at the 2011 SkillsUSA National Championships

Competitors earn the most gold medals in state history

More than 200 Missouri secondary and postsecondary students competed earlier this summer at the 2011 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City.  Of these competitors, 34 were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals for their outstanding performance.

Working against the clock and one another, more than 5,700 career and technical students from throughout the nation proved their expertise in 94 separate trade, technical and leadership events.  Students showcased job skills for occupations such as computer programming, crime scene investigation, media production and many more.  They also tested their leadership skills through extemporaneous speaking and by conducting meetings using parliamentary procedure. 

Paul Light, state director of Missouri SkillsUSA, said this year’s competitors took home the most gold medals (17) in state history.

“Our students definitely raised the bar at the national championships this year,” he said.  “Working with them and their advisors is always a positive experience, but it’s even more rewarding to see young Missourians – the future of our state – receive honors at the highest level of national competition.”

The 2011 SkillsUSA secondary-level medalists from Missouri are:


Electronics Technology

Cole Given

Davis H. Hart Career Center, Mexico

Robotics and Automation Technology

Andrew Cox and Colton Galvan

Hillyard Technical Center, St. Joseph

TechPrep-Arts, Audiovisual Tech & Comm.

Amani Gavin, Rashell Grubb and Jessa Warren

Waynesville Career Center


Crime Scene Investigation

Kaela McKenzie, Jakyra Shelton and Stevie Suddarth

Northland Career Center, Platte City


Brendan Smith

Summit Technology Academy, Lee’s Summit


Health Knowledge Bowl

Kayla Hogan, Heather Schulte, Ludmila Sheremeta and Ashley Wyrick

Eldon Career Center

Welding Sculpture

Robert Patzius

South Technical High School, St. Louis


The 2011 SkillsUSA postsecondary medalists from Missouri are:


Advertising Design

Tiffany Baker

Rolla Technical Institute

Broadcast News Production

Makenzie Hickam, Trent Johnson, Gage Rudick and Brad Voelker

Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield

Computer Programming

Lee Futter

Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield


Patrick McGuire

Hillyard Technical Center, St. Joseph

Robotics and Automation Technology

Jim Breckenridge and James Glidewell

Hillyard Technical Center, St. Joseph

Video Product Development

Michael Dube and Michael Leeper

Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield


Culinary Arts

Mark Dandurand

Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield

Extemporaneous Speaking

Jennifer Smith

Rolla Technical Institute


Chris Hillen

Linn State Technical College

Practical Nursing

Angela McQuitty

Lex La-Ray Technical Center, Lexington

Screen Printing Technology

Ross Irwin

Sikeston Career and Technology Center


Audio-Radio Production

Kyle Hammett and Michael Young

Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield

Related Technical Math

Seth Strope

Linn State Technical College


Out of Missouri’s 205 participants, almost 66 percent placed in the top 10 in the nation.  In addition, Missouri had 109 students who received the Skill Point certificate, which recognizes outstanding talent beyond the medalists.

The contests were planned by technical committees composed of representatives from labor and management and were designed to test the skills needed for successful entry-level performance in particular occupational fields.  Safety practices and procedures also constituted a portion of the criteria for every event.

SkillsUSA is a national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education.  It sponsors the annual SkillsUSA championships to recognize students’ achievements and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen careers.