EWC SkillsUSA students take top spot

SkillsUSA Group Photo

Back Row: left to right; Bryce Funk, Bartton Spracklen, Kyle Sabourin, Nate Foster, Jakaia Blackman, Kevin Austin Front Row: left to right; Aaron Wadhams, Nicole Smith, Thomas Garvie, Alyssa Barnsdale, Eric Cantu

Eastern Wyoming College students recently traveled to Gillette to compete in the State SkillsUSA competition. EWC earned 6-State Champion awards and won Top Chapter in state.

This spring’s SkillsUSA contest was the most successful in Eastern Wyoming College history. EWC recorded 5-State Champions in the following events: Welding, Chapter Business Procedure, Customer Service, Prepared Speech, and Extemporaneous Speaking. EWC also earned third place in Community Service and Quiz Bowl. John Hansen who coached EWC’s leadership events attributes the success to the quality of students at EWC and the support from the College. According to Hansen, “it’s all about the students and support from the College; EWC is a great place for students to find their passion and with proper coaching and support, they can do amazing things.”

In Chapter Business Procedure a team of six individuals take a 100 question written exam concerning parliamentary law and then perform a mock meeting and conduct business utilizing intricate parliamentary motions. The individuals who earned first place on EWC’s team were Thomas Garvie, sophomore, Torrington, WY; Kyle Sabourin, sophomore, Farson, WY; Nate Foster, sophomore, Sutherland, NE; Bryce Funk, sophomore, Merino, CO; Alyssa Barnsdale, sophomore, Lusk, WY and Shelby Cranston, sophomore, Moorcroft, WY.

The next gold medal EWC won was in Customer Service. The following EWC students participated. Shelby Cranston who took first, Ashley Nash, sophomore, Torrington, WY with the silver medal, 3rd place winner Nicole Smith, and 4th place was Riley McDonald, sophomore, Torrington, WY. In Customer Service individuals participate in a written exam and participate in a mock customer service scenario.

Participants in the Prepared Speech contest in SkillsUSA gave a speech on the topic “Champions at work” which was this year’s theme for SkillsUSA. Individuals must show how SkillsUSA is helping build champions for today’s society through the training, contests, and opportunities they offer. EWC students placed in the following order- Paul Michael Cole, sophomore, Torrington, WY earned first place in this event, Jacob Preston, sophomore, Hawk Springs, WY placed second, and Ashley Nash placed third.

The last competition that EWC earned gold in was extemporaneous speaking. In this contest individuals were given five minutes to prepare a three-to-five minute speech on a randomly assigned topic. Contestants are judged on voice, mechanics, platform, deportment/movement, organization and effectiveness. Kyle Sabourin placed first in the event and Thomas Garvie followed with the second place medal.

EWC Welding Team 1 won the Gold medal for 1st place and the honor of representing EWC at the national level in Louisville, KY in June. The teams built a smoker/bar-b-q that will be auctioned off at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet. Part of the proceeds come back to the chapters that built the smokers.

The students also have to take a written test on their knowledge of welding. Bartton Spracklen, sophomore, Torrington, WY was high individual and awarded a new welder for his success.

Individual welders that placed at the SkillsUSA Conference were, Aaron Wadhams, sophomore, Mitchell, NE placed 2nd; Bartton Spracklen, 3rd place; Kevin Austin, sophomore, Torrington, WY placed 6th; Eric Cantu, sophomore, Lyman, NE placed 7th; and Jakaia Blackman, sophomore, Indianola, IA placed 13th.

SkillsUSA is an opportunity for individuals to challenge themselves in a vast variety of contests. EWC’s students proved that they were more than ready to face the challenge in prepared speech, extemporaneous speaking, business procedure, and customer service. These student brought home the gold for EWC and the high chapter trophy placing EWC on the map of success once again.