SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, Educated and Skilled to Lead America

“The value of Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) to the overall development of our Career and Technical Education (CTE) students is immense,” said Dan Bohrnsen, CTE coordinator. “Students from our CTE classes have the opportunity to be involved in the SkillsUSA CTSO organization. This organization, or club, allows students to compete against other students in competitions that involve the use of the skills taught and developed in our CTE classes. An example of this would be the welding competition. Students that are currently enrolled in (or have already taken) a welding class compete against other students across the state in a competency test involving welding. In this particular event students take a structural welding test similar to what a welder would have to do in order to prove his or her competency for a construction company. Judges, usually from industry, evaluate the welds by visual and bend tests, just like in the real world, and a winner is chosen.”

Students also compete in leadership competitions. These competitions include: Job Interview, Prepared Speech, Extemporaneous Speech and Quiz Bowl. “Our SkillsUSA students that participate in the district, state, and national events get to experience what it’s like to compete in a competitive job market, which is very similar to what they will be experiencing when they compete in the world of work,” said Bohrnsen.

Alaska State SkillsUSA Competition Results, March 20 – 22, 2014

Student               Event                                   Place
Homer High School    
Calvin Johnson   Carpentry                               2nd Place
Trevor Flynn            Job Interview                           1st Place
Colton Fankhauser Job Skill Demonstration- OPEN 1st Place
Mariah Radeke        Photography                            Best of Show
Soldotna High School    
Morgan McKay         Early Childhood ED 1st Place
James Elsey             Early Childhood ED 2nd Place
Anna Coup              Early Childhood ED (tie) 3rd Place
Hannah Katzenberger Early Childhood ED (tie) 3rd Place
Hannah O’Dell          Photography 1st Place
Margaret McGlothen          Photography 3rd Place
Michael Lewis*       Prepared Speech  3rd Place
Halen Wells            Restaurant Service 1st Place
Caity Gibbons          Restaurant Service 2nd Place
Paige Reid              TV Video Production (team event) 1st Place
Paitton Reid             TV Video Production (team event) 1st Place

*Michael Lewis was elected to the position of State Vice-President

“The kids worked their tails off! They experienced true Performance Based Assessments at a national level. I’m very proud of our kids,” said Camron Wyatt, CTE Instructor Auto & Woods, Homer High School.

The 2014 Borough CTSO competition took place February 12, 2014, at Homer High School, with approximately eighty students from Homer High School, Kenai Central High School, Skyview High School, and Soldotna High School participating. Kevin Kiel, owner and operator, Napa of Homer was the keynote speaker. Thank you to the students and sponsors including A&D Services, City of Homer, Clark Management Inc., Dragonfly Nails by Dee, Larry Staehle, KPC welding instructor, Spenard Builders Supply Inc., Ulmers Drug and Hardware, and Wolverine Rock and Dirt.

Photos in this story are from the February competition at Homer High School.
Congratulations to KPBSD students!


2014 KPBSD CTSO Competition, February 12, 2014

Competition 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Culinary Arts Madison Thompson, Homer Emily Evans, Kenai Jay Willford, Kenai
Construction Max Miller, Skyview  Jeremy Hinz, Skyview Calvin Johnson, Homer  Greg Smith, Homer Michael Lewis, SoHi
Entrepreneurship Paige Reid, SoHi  Jenna Helminski, SoHi Trevor Flynn, Homer
Floriculture  Afton Carlson, SoHi Chelsea Marsh, Homer Hannah O'Dell, SoHi
Fork Lift  Andrew Raham, Homer Ryan Scroggins, Skyview Jimmy Kraszeski, Homer
Job Interview Melanie Mastolier, Homer Michael Lewis, SoHi Elias Graham, Homer
Photography Halen Wells, SoHi Mariah Radeke, Homer Margaret McGlothen, SoHi
Prepared Speech Henry Hilbrink, SoHi Paitton Reid, SoHi  
Skid Steer Alex Clark, Homer Stockton Jones, Skyview Hunter Needham, Homer
Small Engine Colton Fankhauser, Homer Keenan Orth, Kenai Jimmy Kraszeski, Homer
Trailer Back-up Gabe Macauly, Homer Jake Eckert, Homer Dustin Everitt, Kenai
Welding Melanie Mastolier, Homer David Woo, Homer Alex Clark, Homer
Most Employable School:   Skills, Work Attitudes, Work Values:  Homer High Skills USA 
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