Career and technical students in Oklahoma won one of the nation's highest awards at the 2018 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Kentucky, on June 27-28.

Career and technical students in Oklahoma won one of the nation’s highest awards at the 2018 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Kentucky, on June 27-28. More than 6,300 students competed at the national showcase of career and technical education. The SkillsUSA Championships is the largest skill competition in the world and covers 1.4 million square feet, equivalent to 20 football fields or 25 acres.

Students were invited to the event to demonstrate their technical skills, workplace skills and personal skills in 102 hands-on occupational and leadership competitions including robotics, automotive technology, drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. Industry leaders from 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions planned and evaluated the contestants against their standards for entry-level workers. More than 1,900 industry judges and technical committee members participated this year.

Skill Point Certificates were awarded in 72 occupational and leadership areas to students who met a predetermined threshold score in their competition, as defined by industry. The Skill Point Certificate is a component of SkillsUSA’s assessment program for career and technical education.

The following students received a SkillsUSA Championships medal and Skill Point Certificate:

Heather Nutter, from Meeker, was awarded the high school gold medal in Aviation Maintenance Technology.

Team C (consisting of Hayden Harjo, Aubrey Pruitt and Hailey Williams) was awarded the high school silver medal in American Spirit.

The following students received Skill Point Certificates:

Melody Kendall, from McLoud, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Automotive Refinishing Technology. She place 14th in the competition.

Team V (consisting of Tyler Thompson, Anthony Hafer, Jonathan Jones, Logan Wheat), was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in TeamWorks. The team placed 4th.

Justin Benard, from Shawnee, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technology, post-secondary division, and placed 4th.

Team Q (consisting of Cynthia Hernandez, Christian Cranfield, Donavan Boudreauz) was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Chapter Display. The team placed 11th in the competition.

Luke Hassen, from Tecumseh, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Job Skill Demonstration Open, placing 8th.

Laramie Gordon, post secondary diesel student, placed 24th in the Diesel Technician competition.

GCTC’s Pre-Engineering Academy instructor Sue Ellen Frerichs and students Winni Chen and Riley Kinsey were honored as a Model of Excellence in Technical Skills as part of the Chapters of Excellence program.