EWC SkillsUSA Comes Out on Top Again!
May 7, 2007
TORRINGTON, WY - The Eastern WyomingCollege SkillsUSAStudents participated in the Wyoming SkillsUSA Championships April 23-25 in Casper with 14 students and 4 advisors attending. EWC was awarded High Scoring Chapter for the fourth year in a row. All who participated represented EWC favorably by performing to their best ability, evidenced by the total medals received. The following is a list of each competition, student participant, and level of achievement. Places 1st-3rd received medals and the students who earned gold will advance to the National SkillsUSA Championships in June held in Kansas City, MO.
Computer Maintenance Technology:
Job Skills Demonstration A:
Opening and Closing Ceremonies:
EWC Team (Carlton, McCloud, Jackson, Kreiling, Hetland, Wesch, Barth)-1st
Precision Machine Technology:
Technical Computer Applications:
The advisors for the team are Darci Duran, John Ely, Kristi McGuire, and Russell Pontarolo. Also attending was Pete Cawiezel, EWC Outreach Computer Services, as a member of the SkillsUSA State Board of Directors. EWC alum and successful SkillsUSA welder Chance Pollo attended the opening session as the keynote speaker.
Advisor Kristi McGuire, Computer Applications instructor added the following about the competition, "The students worked hard and were willing to try tasks they were not familiar with. We try to prepare them for the competitions they are entered in; but to all of our surprise many of the computer events had been changed to more closely model the National Competition. The competitions are all hands on, not a simple pen and paper exam; they actually perform as if they were working in their field of study. EWC SkillsUSA team stepped up to the challenge and was successful."
"The SkillsUSA member representing the welding and machine tooling represented EasternWyomingCollege very well. Their professionalism, skill, and good character really stood out in the crowd. EWC placed several welders and our machinist in the top 10. This is a great accomplishment when one considers there were well over 35 welding contestants at the state level," added Russell Pontarolo, Welding instructor.