It’s the second year of the Southeast SkillsUSA chapter and students received supplies and equipment to practice for the masonry contest only about six weeks ago. Despite that, three Southeast High School students placed in the top 8 at the state competition held April 17-19.
“Trenton Hartman, Tanner Johnston, and Chad Lewis competed in the masonry contest and had respectable finishes of 5th, 7th, and 8th place,” said Jim Rockers, the Southeast SkillsUSA chapter sponsor. “This contest was a new undertaking for us this year and with about six weeks of practice all three did a nice job in this contest. Trenton Hartman was in contention to win a medal and took 5th place with his project. I will be excited to see what we can do in this contest next year with much more time to prepare.”
Mr. Rockers said, in SkillsUSA, only three places are awarded for each category at State – gold, silver and bronze – and only the gold medal winner moves on to Nationals.
“The kids did well as they gain experience on how to deal with the stress and pressure of the SkillsUSA state contests,” Mr. Rockers said. “Eli Newport and Taylor Beckley competed in the cabinetmaking contest and although neither placed, they worked through a difficult project and competed well against 33 fellow cabinetmakers.”