EWC SkillsUSA students attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference

EWC SkillsUSA students

Back row left to right: Madison Bloodgood, Kyle Nicolls, and Alyssa Barnsdale
Front row left to right: Kyle Sabourin and Paul Michael Cole

Eastern Wyoming College students recently traveled to the annual National Leadership and Skills Conference sponsored by SKillsUSA. SkillsUSA is a showcase of career and technical education students. This national championship was held in Louisville, Kentucky.

Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade or scholarships to further their careers and education.

Kyle Sabourin, Farson, WY, was presented with a Bronze Medal for third in the “Job Interview” competition, and Paul Michael Cole, Torrington, WY a Bronze Medal for third in “Extemporaneous Speaking.” Madison Bloodgood, Torrington, WY, placed fifth in the “Nursing Assistant” event, and Alyssa Barnsdale, Lusk, WY, ninth in “Customer Service.” Kyle Nicolls, Torrington, WY was 14th in “Welding Sculpture.”

Approximately 6000 high school and post-secondary students from all 50 states and Puerto Rico participated in this year’s conference. The Wyoming delegation included 69 students, with a total of 10 medal winners (including EWC’s two) and 30 placing in the top ten of their events.

“EWC was well represented with two national medals and three strong performances,” said SkillsUSA sponsor Andy Espinoza.

SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.