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More than 30 Iowa Lakes students to compete at SkillsUSA state competition

April 20, 2018

More than 30 students from Iowa Lakes Community College and Algona High School will be competing in 12 different categories at the statewide SkillsUSA contest in central Iowa on April 26.An Automotive Technology student works on a vehicle.

The competition is open to high school and college students enrolled in technical, skilled and service occupations.

Students from Iowa Lakes Community College and Algona High School include:

  • Automotive/Diesel Equipment Technology has Garrett Foth of Livermore as well as Grant Goche and Silas Goche of Bancroft.
  • Automotive/Power Equipment Technology has Calvin Kruse of Burt.
  • Automotive Refinishing Technology has Nick Soenen of Algona and Keagan Zweifel of Titonka.
  • Automotive Service Technology has Patrick Thies of Algona and Alex Wilson of LuVerne.
  • Carpentry/Team Works has Kody Berg of Salix, Nathan Harris of Graettinger, William Rathbun of Emmetsburg and Samuel Skattebo of Graettinger. 
  • Electrical Technology has Jaden Kallhoff and Eric Moore, both of Estherville.
  • Electrical Construction Wiring has Mitchell Leifeld of Estherville, Cody Ristau of Preston, Minn., and Joe Schmidt of Milford.
  • Marine Service Technology has Cordel Boom of Lake View, Chase Shilling of Britt and Alex Schute of Dubuque.
  • Motorcycle/Power Equipment Technology has Alex Clark of Emmetsburg, Jacob Cole of Spencer, Jacob Ladwig of Earlham and Brian Ziesman of LuVerne. 
  • Motorcycle Service Technology has Chase Cole, Gage Gassman and Jordan Walker, all of Emmetsburg. 
  • TV/Video Production has Bruce Curtis of Livermore and AnnaLisa Wolf of Bode.
  • Welding has Dalton Bunda of Emmetsburg, Konnor Kristenson of Granada, Minn., Hunter Murphy of Emmetsburg and Charles Stevens of Algona, 

The SkillsUSA organization has long-time partnerships with business and industry who help organize most of the statewide competitions. Emphasis is on quality, high ethical standards, high performance and pride in work. The hands-on performance-based contests are demonstrations of student knowledge and practice gained from their programs.

SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 high schools and college students and their instructors in training programs in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. The association emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.

The first place winners will be heading to the national competition this summer in Louisville, Ky., the week of June 25.

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