DACC Students Take Top Honors at SkillsUSA National Competition

July 16, 2013

Three Delaware Area Career Center students travelled to Kansas City to compete in the annual National Leadership and Skills Conference sponsored by SkillsUSA.

Robert Pasco took second place in the Principles of Engineering Technology category. The team of Tatiana Brookins and Andrew Blake brought home seventh place out of 42 teams in the Promotional Bulletin Board category. To qualify for this national event, these students competed at the local, regional, and state levels. All 3 students took first place at the statewide competition in May of 2013.

To secure second place, Robert conducted a thorough study on MagLev trains and how Ohm’s Law allows these trains to levitate using high powered magnets to simultaneously create lift and thrust instead of using wheels, axles, and bearings. Tatiana and Andrew created a display board that highlights the skills students need to have in order to be successful in the workplace.

According to Robert’s Teacher, Jim Poole, “I have been fortunate to have very talented students in the electronics lab over the years. There have been eight gold medals won at state competitions and from the nationwide competitions, we have brought home bronze, silver, and gold. Robert has a very good chance at repeating his success at states and going on to nationals again.”

In the 2013/2014 school year, Robert will return to DACC in the senior level Electronics class. Tatiana will be entering the junior level Health Technology program and Andrew hopes to return to the Career Graphics program he participated in last year.