Career and Technical Education Student Organization Conference

On January 29, 2015, KCHS hosted the annual regional SkillsUSA competition. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions. The theme this year was 50 Years of Champions at Work. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms.

More than 65 students from Homer High School, Nikiski Middle-High School, Soldotna High School, and Kenai Central High Schools came to compete by demonstrating their technical and leadership skills. The SkillsUSA competition helps students showcase what they’ve learned in the classrooms and in Career and Technical Student Organizations. Guest speaker Ruben Foster kicked the morning off with his keynote. Foster is the District Supervisor for the Alaska Department of Corrections, Kenai Adult Probation-Parole Office.
Thank you to the teachers and staff who organized the conference, the community businesses that participated, competition judges, and Kenai Central High School for hosting this year.

Congratulations to all the students who participated in 2015! The winners for first, second, and third place in each category are: 

2015 CTSO Competition Results:  Kenai High School Host

Competition 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Construction Jonah Theisen, KCHS James Kraszeski, Homer Michael Lewis, SoHi
Culinary Arts Brianna Bushnell, KCHS   Afton Carlson, SoHi Matthew Zorbas, KCHS Michaela Dean-Apted, Nikiski
Welding Melanie Mastolier, Homer Colton Sterling, KCHS Alexander Clark, Homer
Early Child Development Hannah Katzenberger, SoHi Anna Coup, SoHi Savannah Kreider, SoHi
Small Engine Identification Nolan Bunting, Homer Keenan Orth, KCHS  
Drafting Liam Floyd, KCHS Nathan Kaaihue, KCHS Coltin Yancey, SoHi
Technical Math Coltin Yancey, SoHi Megan Herrick, SoHi Sabrina Hilbrink, SoHi
Quiz Bowl Nolan Bunting, Homer Zachary Nelson, Homer Megan Herrick, SoHi
Prepared Speeches Gregory Smith, Homer Nolan Bunting, Homer Nathan Kaaihue, KCHS
Job Interview Mara Youngren-Brown, KCHS Michael Lewis, SoHi Elias Graham, Homer
Job Skills Phillip Gibson-Platt, SoHi Nolan Bunting, Homer Alexander Clark and
Kyle Johnson,  Homer
Photography Nolan Bunting, Homer Savannah Kreider, SoHi Crystal Crane, Homer
Most Employable School:   Skills, Work Attitudes, Work Values:  Homer High and Soldotna High Skills USA tied\  
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