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Pictured at remaining is Career Center of Southern Illinois student Dawson Goldschmidt of Valmeyer, who traveled to Peoria for the SkillsUSA condition competition and received the welding category for the next time. At suitable is CCSI teacher Gary Miller.

It was rather an eventful weekend for area students who participated at the statewide SkillsUSA opposition in Peoria. 

Job Middle of Southern Illinois student Dawson Goldschmidt of Valmeyer took very first spot in welding for the next 12 months in a row. 

Goldschmidt stated although very last year’s welding condition opposition showcased a number of assignments, this year it consisted of one greater, more hard venture.

“Being ready to take point out for a 2nd time was an unbelievable event for me,” mentioned Goldschmidt, who as a senior will not be qualified to just take the title a third time. “I experienced no concept if I was going to be capable to do it, and when I did it was a excellent sensation of accomplishment. Profitable point out produced me confident that my long term in the welding field would be dazzling.” 

Goldschmidt joins Coulterville alumni Matt McKinley as the next student of CCSI welding teacher Gary Miller to attain this feat. McKinley took point out for the next time approximately 20 many years back. 

“In the 32 years I have been educating at CCSI, I have had only a person other university student win both of those his junior and senior yr,” Miller explained. 

In using initial at condition, Goldschmidt will vacation to Atlanta, Ga., in late June to contend in the countrywide levels of competition. Very last year, he positioned 16th at nationals.

Columbia Significant University college students took to start with in the Teamworks level of competition of SkillsUSA, which provided setting up and framing a mock lavatory and entryway. Pictured, from left, are seniors Drew Stumpf and Colin Cygan, sophomore Ty Schaefer and junior Kyle Rose. “It felt great when we read our title declared for gold, especially with how really hard most people experienced labored,” Cygan reported. The group received a Bosch Circular Observed and goodie bags from sponsors, with more prizes anticipated to occur, CHS industrial technology trainer Tyler Oberkfell explained. 

Columbia High University took household gold in the Teamworks competitiveness, and offered it can safe more than enough funding, the aspiration staff will also travel to Atlanta. 

Alongside one another, CHS senior Drew Stumpf, senior Colin Cygan, sophomore Ty Schaefer and junior Kyle Rose built a mock rest room and entryway in this level of competition.

Stumpf explained the four also experienced to show masonry, plumbing and electrical capabilities. 

“It was exhilarating listening to our names get referred to as due to the fact of all of the really hard function and devotion my teammates and I set into the celebration,” Stumpf mentioned. “We also couldn’t do it without the need of the assist of our (industrial technological know-how) lecturers Ryan Hampton and Tyler Oberkfell.” 

Aiden Albert, a senior CCSI pupil from Purple Bud, took the maximum state rating of the CCSI automotive students he secured third place in the automotive maintenance and light repair competitiveness. 

CCSI automotive services instructor Greg Baird said this was Albert’s 2nd year positioning 3rd, except last yr he took the title in the automotive provider opposition. 

“Doing car upkeep and gentle restore is just the following phase up from car service,” Albert explained. “Where car services focuses additional on the analysis of troubles, upkeep and gentle maintenance focuses on undertaking responsibilities that you would very likely be supplied in a store atmosphere.” 

Baird spelled out both equally vehicle-connected competitions showcased numerous workstations. He claimed the automotive servicing and light restore competitiveness centered on troubleshooting, electrical, pre-delivery inspections and much more. 

Baird mentioned the automotive assistance competition centered on tire balance, looking up provider information, an electrical diagnostic station that differed from that of the automotive maintenance competition and extra. 

This calendar year was the most significant group CCSI has taken, the instructors claimed, with a full of 17 pupils touring to Peoria to contend. Two other pupils also certified, however due to exterior situation were not able to go to the condition levels of competition. 

Of those people 17, a total of 8 placed in the top rated 10 of their respective competitions. Marissa junior Acton Wittenbrink placed fourth in welding, Chester senior Dylan Kelkoff put fifth in welding, Columbia senior Ethan Posey placed seventh in welding, Chester senior Gavin Cushman positioned sixth in automotive provider and mild repair, Sparta junior Tyson Wilkey put 10th in automotive provider and light restore and Chester senior Max Allwardt put eighth in automotive upkeep. 

CHS brought a total of 7 college students. Aside from the four who competed in the Teamworks competition, sophomores Gage Thomson and Hayden Hrdlicka competed in welding sculpture. This necessitates opponents to structure, produce and current a welding sculpture. Junior Matthew Fulton competed in automotive provider technological know-how. 

Their placements have not nonetheless been publicly posted. 

As Oberkfell mentioned, this was the first in-human being SkillsUSA point out level of competition considering that 2019. 

“Since we have been in-person all calendar year, a advantage that I discovered is that our group experienced far more arms-on time to get ready,” Oberkfell reported. 

When Albert and Goldschmidt agreed staying in-man or woman made the levels of competition much more fascinating, Goldschmidt claimed it had some extra overwhelming factors. 

“The finest component of this year’s contest was acquiring out and being equipped to see Peoria’s convention center and all the other Skills competitions. The toughest aspect about this year’s contest was welding in a distinctive location with welding devices I was not familiar with,” Goldschmidt said. 

SkillsUSA illustrates how learners satisfy the mission of the business “to empower associates to turn into environment-course employees, leaders and liable American citizens.”

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