DACC Students Take Top Honors at National Competition

July 5, 2011

Tara Holeman, Ali Kelly, Dave Berry, and Kari Hysell competed at the 47th National Leadership and Skills Conference sponsored by SkillsUSA in Kansas City June 19th – June 24th. Tara took 1st place in the Principles of Technology category while the team of Ali Kelly, Dave Berry, and Kari Hysell took 10th place out of 32 teams in the Chapter Display category. To qualify for this national event, these students competed at the local, regional, and state levels. All 4 students took first place at the state level in May of 2011.

SkillsUSA is a career technical student organization that helps students prepare to be skilled and effective in their industry. Members of SkillsUSA compete against each other at the local, state, and national level. More than 5,000 students competed at this year’s SkillsUSA competition in over 94 occupational and leadership skills areas.

The Chapter Display Competition that Ali, Dave, and Kari competed in requires that students come together from three different classes to create a structure that represents the true meaning of SkillsUSA. This year’s structure was a product of DACC’s Career Graphics, Welding, and Construction students.
SkillsUSA National Competition 2011  SkillsUSA National Competition
To secure her 1st place win in Principles of Technology, Tara wrote a technical paper and presented a demonstration about solar energy. She used a tri-fold board that held terms, graphs and a circuit she built, containing solar cells that powered light emitting diodes. Even though she took first place at the state competition, Tara listened to the judges’ feedback and worked to update her presentation, including new and better materials in the demonstration. She reported that the state competition helped prepare for nationals, especially when it came to giving her speech to the judges. “It was a little easier at nationals, but I was still very nervous. I managed to make the judges laugh a little, though, and I did feel more comfortable.”

When asked what the best part of the competition was, Tara said, “Going to Kansas is indescribable. I had so much fun meeting people from other states. I didn’t know the other DACC students I travelled with, but we quickly became friends and plan to hang out over the summer.” As far as her gold medal, she went on to explain, “I cannot believe I’m #1 in the nation, but it feels good. I was so shocked to hear my name announced, it took a minute for the news to sink in. Luckily, my friends wasted no time screaming, jumping up and down, and encouraging me up to the stage. I like being #1 in Principles of Technology and I definitely want to do it again next year.”
  SkillsUSA National Competition
Makayla Cimini attended the competition as a Delegate and successfully campaigned to elect two Ohio students into national offices to represent SkillsUSA.
 

  • Tara is a senior in Electronics at DACC and her home school is Olentangy Liberty High School.
  • Ali is a senior in Welding at DACC and her home school is Big Walnut High School.
  • Dave is a senior in Welding at DACC and his home school is Westerville South High School.
  • Kari attended DACC’s Career Graphics program as a sophomore and will be going into Environmental Technology next year as a junior. Her home school is Delaware Hayes High School.
  • Makayla attended DACC’s Career Graphics program as a sophomore and will be going into Environmental Technology next year as a junior. Her home school is Buckeye Valley High School.

Related Links:
See photos from the SkillsUSA National Competition
Learn more about DACC's Electronics Program
Learn more about DACC's Welding & Sheet Metal Fabrication Program
Learn more about DACC's Career Graphics Program
Learn more about SkillsUSA