- Grand Island Senior High
Islanders finish with 19 medalists, 11 national qualifiers at state SkillsUSA competition
The Islanders kept the hardware at home, as they competed well during the Nebraska State SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference in Grand Island earlier this month.
Grand Island Senior High had 51 students who competed, which ranged from sophomores to seniors. The Islanders finished the competition with 19 medalists and 11 national qualifiers.
Students who are awarded first place also qualify for nationals in Atlanta June 19-23, 2023.
D.W. Holley, Academy of Technical Sciences principal at GISH and Career Pathways Institute, said the SkillsUSA participation this year was outstanding. He said of the medalists, five were sophomores.
“The future looks bright for SkillsUSA at GISH. I want to thank all of our instructors who put in extra hours preparing students after school and on weekends to help them be competition ready,” Holley said.
He mentioned the students were well prepared for the competition and teachers were an important part of that. Staff members and teachers involved in preparing students for SkillsUSA are: Brett Forsman, Mike Samuelson, Alex Kemnitz, Eric Sell, Spencer Trout, Haley Koeppke, Michael Lowe, Jae Kim, Brandon Piersol, and Michala Soundy.
“They were all instrumental in getting kids involved in SkillsUSA as well as staying long hours during competition week. Early mornings and late nights are the norm for those dedicated instructors,” Holley said.
SkillsUSA winners and competitors:
Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue
Quiz Bowl Team- 1st place and National Qualifier
Isamar Caceres Meza
Alexander Roeser & Mason Messmer 1st place and National Qualifier
Alex Flores Ramirez
Logan Ripp & Corbin Bergmeier -3rd Place
Laynden McPeek & Meredith Barrett 1st place and National Qualifier
Mobile Robotics Technology
Diesel Equipment Technology
Alex Johnson 1st place and National Qualifier
Christopher Rosales - 2nd Place
Automotive Service Technology
State Only - Mouse Trap Vehicle - Distance -SR
Hazzard Eilts, 1st Place
Juana Reynoso Bautista
Marco Jimenez, 2nd Place
Duong Tran, 3rd Place
Hazzard Eilts, 2nd Place
Austin Meyer, 3rd Place
State Only - Bridge Building SR
CNC 3 Axis Milling Programmer
William Hatfield, 1st place and National Qualifier
Joel Ceballos, 2nd Place
Power Equipment Technology
Connor Bader, 2nd Place
CNC 2 Axis Turning Programmer 8:00 Friday
Jordan Hunter, 2nd Place
Sven Matthiessen, 1st place and National Qualifier
State Only - Precision Machining Technology
Braylon Bilslend, 2nd Place
Juana Reynoso Bautista
Baking & Pastry Arts
State Only - State T-Shirt Contest
State Only - Mouse Traptor Rull - SR
Richard Mateo, 1st place and National Qualifier
Heavy Equipment Operator
Chase Edwards, 2nd Place