The Eastern Wyoming College chapter of SkillsUSA finished up an outstanding year, bringing home 25 medals from the Wyoming State Leadership Conference and Welding Fabrication Competition in April. EWC was recognized as “Second High Chapter” in the Post-Secondary Division.
EWC students captured first-place in five events, awarding them a spot in the National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference. However, because of regulations allowing students to only compete in one event at Nationals, only four Lancer students will be able to make the trip to Louisville, Kentucky in June.
Kyle Sabourin, sophomore, Farson, WY placed first in both the Job Interview and Extemporaneous Speaking.
Paul Michael Cole, sophomore, Torrington, WY placed second and will compete in the Extemporaneous Speaking.
Madison Bloodgood, sophomore, Torrington, WY placed first in Nurse Assisting.
Thomas Trout, sophomore, Torrington, WY placed first in Customer Service, but will not be able to travel to Louisville. Runner-up Alyssa Barnsdale, sophomore, Lusk, WY will compete in this event.
The Lancer Quiz Bowl team, made up of Nate Foster, sophomore, Sutherland, NE; Georgia Somsen, sophomore, Torrington, WY; Justin Griebe, sophomore, Yoder, WY; Sabourin, Bloodgood, Cole and Barnsdale placed first. Because many of the team members will be competing individually, the team will not be travelling to Louisville.
EWC was represented by two three-man teams at the State Welding Fabrication in Gillette. The team of Aaron Wadhams, sophomore, Mitchell, NE; Matthew Johnson, sophomore, Wheatland, WY; and Noble Hoover, freshman, Cheyenne, WY placed third, while the team of Kevin Austin, sophomore, Torrington, WY; Nate Foster, and Jake Green, freshman, Torrington, WY, were sixth.
The teams welded a Fire Pit from the prints given them. They had 8 hours to assemble and weld the project. This process allows the judges to check for Safety, Team Work, Weld process and a finished product. The students had a really good showing of their talents. The Fire Pits will be auctioned off at the Rocky Mountain Foundation Banquets in Torrington and Laramie. Half of the auction proceeds will go to the EWC SkillsUSA chapter.
The Community Service project for the State SkillsUSA was at the Boys and Girls Club of Casper. The EWC students along with other SkillsUSA members from around the state washed windows, swept, cleaned the building and grounds. “A big thank you to the SkillsUSA members than worked to give back,” said Stan Nicolls, Welding Instructor and sponsor of EWC SkillsUSA.
“I am extremely proud of our students, they worked exceptionally hard, and accomplished a great deal of success. They show the overall depth and skill of EWC students and I look forward to coaching them as they prepare for nationals,” said John Hansen, SkillsUSA sponsor.