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Iowa Lakes Students Place at National SkillsUSA Competition

By Staff | Aug 9, 2016

Iowa Lakes Community College and Algona High School students have returned from the 52nd annual National SkillsUSA competition held in Louisville, Ky. on June 20-14. More than 15,000 people, including students, teachers and business partners, participate in the weeklong event.

Iowa Lakes student, Gramm Meyer (Williamsburg), participated in Power Equipment Technology and placed 7th in the nation. Iowa Lakes student, McCain Jennings (Algona), placed 11th at nationals in Carpentry; Algona High School students, Gabriella Holms and Yi Conner, placed 29th in TV (Video) Production; and Algona High School student, Cody Thompson placed 31st in Electrical Construction Wiring.

“We are very proud of all students who represented Iowa Lakes at Nationals SkillsUSA, and appreciate the time and support of their instructors,” said Thomas Brotherton, Executive Dean of the Emmetsburg campus. “These results reflect the high level of the respective competitions, hard work and application of knowledge and skills,” he added.

During the competition, more than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students all state contest winners compete hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. The championship is a multi-million-dollar event that occupies space equivalent to more than 19 football fields. Leadership contestants demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure. In special delegate sessions, hundreds of high school and college/postsecondary student leaders vote on issues affecting SkillsUSA. Others campaign and are elected to either high school or college/postsecondary teams of national officers who represent SkillsUSA members nationwide.