DACC Students take top honors at SkillsUSA State Competition

May 11, 2011

On April 29th and 30th, Ohio SkillsUSA held the annual Leadership and Skills Competition at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. Four Delaware Area Career Center (DACC) students took first place in their specialty, two took second place, and two others took third. The four first place winners will be moving on to compete at the national level in Kansas City over the summer.

 

 

The top finishers from this competition are:

Chapter Display Competition – First Place
Ali Kelly, Big Walnut High School and DACC Welding student
Kari Hysell, Delaware Hayes High School and DACC Career Graphics student SkillsUSA State Winner
Dave Berry, Westerville South High School and DACC Welding student
The team was assisted by Chris Greenbaum, Olentangy Liberty High School and DACC Career Graphics student
 
Principles of Technology Competition – First Place
Tara Holeman, Olentangy Liberty High School and DACC Electronics student


SkillsUSA State Competitors
Promotional Bulletin Board Competition – Second Place 
Makayla Cimini, Buckeye Valley High School and DACC Career Graphics student
Ashley Randolph, Buckeye Valley High School and DACC Career Graphics student

 

 

Web Design – Third Place
John Ore, Westerville Central High School and DACC Information Technology student
Shane Talbert, Olentangy Orange High School and DACC Information Technology student

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.

The Chapter Display Competition 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. They spent months creating this project and while they are happy with the final product, they plan to recreate the entire structure to continually improve it before the national competition.

According to Ali, “This competition was a great lesson in how to work together with other people and trust them with your ideas. We each worked on a different piece of the project, so communication became very important.” All four students stressed that while they are very happy with the final product, they plan to recreate the entire structure for the national competition to continually improve their project.

Tara Holeman took first place in the Principles of Technology competition, which requires competitors to write a technical paper and present a demonstration related to the basic scientific principles. Tara’s demonstration covered solar energy. She used a tri-fold board that contained terms, graphs and a circuit she built containing solar cells that powered light emitting diodes. When the solar cells were exposed to a light source that she had the light emitting diodes would turn on. This demonstrated converting light energy into electrical energy. Tara spent weeks preparing for this competition and she will spend more time tweaking and perfecting her project for the national competition.

All four students will travel to Kansas City this June to compete against the best of the best from around the country.

While the silver medal that Makayla and Ashley earned will not send them to compete at nationals, Makayla made such a positive impression on the judges that she was chosen to be a voting delegate representing Ohio at the National conference. The delegates will vote on National officers and any by-law changes that arise while at the National conference. Being an Ohio Delegate is quite an honor and DACC North has only had 1 National delegate up to this point.