DACC Students Take Gold at SkillsUSA State Competition

May 10, 2013

Ohio SkillsUSA recently held the annual Leadership and Skills Competition at the Columbus Convention Center. Three Delaware Area Career Center (DACC) students took first place in their specialty, four took second place, and one other took third. The three 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:

Promotional Bulletin Board Team – First Place
Tatiana Brookins, Buckeye Valley and DACC Career Graphics student

Andrew Blake, Delaware Hayes and DACC Career Graphics student


Principles of Technology – First Place
Robert Pasco, Thomas Worthington and DACC Electronics student






Chapter Display – Second Place
Josie Traylor, Delaware Hayes and DACC Career Graphics student

Doug Andres, Buckeye Valley and DACC Welding and Sheet Metal student

Dylan Gray, Ohio School for the Deaf and DACC Auto Collision Technology student



Job Skills Demonstration – Second Place
Alex Watson, Westerville Central and DACC Fire Service Training student






Electronics Technology – Third Place
Tim Calhoun, Worthington Kilbourne and DACC Electronics 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.

Behind the scenes are the teachers who prepared these students for each competition and motivated them along the way. Those teachers are Jim Poole, Electronics Instructor; Jim Beck, Career Graphics Instructor; Brad DeMent, Welding and Sheet Metal Instructor; Chad Hackley, Automotive Collision Instructor; and Captain Dan Huffman, Fire Service Training Instructor.

Robert Pasco 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. Robert’s demonstration covered electromagnet acceleration. He used a tri-fold board that contained terms, graphs and an electromagnetic accelerator that he built himself to explain Ohm’s Law. Robert’s presentation focused on how Ohm’s Law allows MagLev trains to levitate and use high powered magnets to simultaneously create lift and thrust instead of using wheels, axles, and bearings. Robert spent weeks preparing for this competition and he will spend more time tweaking and perfecting his project for the national competition.

In the Promotional Bulletin Board competition, Tatiana and Andrew created a display board that highlights the skills students need to have in order to be successful in the workplace, including technical, communication, leadership, and presentation skills. They are not only tweaking their display board before the national competition, they are completely redesigning it in preparation for competing against the best of the best from around the country.

All three gold medal winners will travel to Kansas City this June to compete in the SkillsUSA national competition.