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Area students excel at Iowa SkillsUSA competition

May 14, 2018

Ten students from this region will advance to the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Ky., June 25-29. Those students captured first place in the state competition held in Ankeny late last month.

Carpentry/Team Works winners include Kody Berg of Salix, Nathan Harris of Graettinger, William Rathbun of Emmetsburg and Samuel Skattebo of Graettinger. 

In Electrical Construction Wiring, Iowa Lakes swept the competition. Joe Schmidt of Milford took home first place; Mitchell Leifeld of Estherville placed second; and, Cody Ristau of Preston, Minn., was third. 

Iowa Lakes students also captured the top three spots in Marine Service Technology. Alex Schute of Dubuque was the first-place winner; Chase Schilling of Britt was second; and Cordell Boom of Lake View took third.

In Motorcycle Service Technology, the college had all the winners. Jordan Walker of Emmetsburg won first while Gage Gassmann of Masonville took second and Chase Cole of Emmetsburg took third. 

Jacob Cole of Spencer secured top honors in Power Equipment Technology.  He was followed by Jacob Ladwig of Earlham, Alex Clark of Emmetsburg and Brian Ziesman of LuVerne.

At the high school level, the two students from Algona High School captured top honors. They included AnnaLisa Wolf of Bode and Bruce Curtis of Livermore. This is the 18th straight year that members of the Algona High School Broadcast Team have advanced to the national championships. 

A total of 21 Iowa Lakes Community College students placed in the state competition. 

Students at Iowa Lakes ranked well at the state SkillsUSA competition. Students in the top three places are pictured with their instructors, from left, Powersports Instructor Dustin Ross, Jacob Ladwig, Gage Gassman, Alex Clark, Jacob Cole, Marine Service Assistant Professor Rick Brichta, Samuel Skattebo, Cordel Boom, Kody Berg, Chase Schilling, Nathan Harris, Alex Schute, William Rathbun and Assistant Professor of Construction Technology Corey Menning.
Students at Iowa Lakes ranked well at the state SkillsUSA competition. Students in the top three places are pictured with their instructors, from left, Powersports Instructor Dustin Ross, Jacob Ladwig, Gage Gassman, Alex Clark, Jacob Cole, Marine Service Assistant Professor Rick Brichta, Samuel Skattebo, Cordel Boom, Kody Berg, Chase Schilling, Nathan Harris, Alex Schute, William Rathbun and Assistant Professor of Construction Technology Corey Menning.

For More Information:

Tom Brotherton, Executive Dean of the Emmetsburg campus, at 712-852-5244

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