The 2015 SkillsUSA Ohio State Championships gathered nearly three-thousand members and advisors from career training programs throughout Ohio, including 32 members of the Grant Career Center SkillsUSA Chapter. The 63nd Annual Skills Championship was held at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, April 14 and 15, 2015.
The Ohio SkillsUSA Championships consist of 90 career and leadership competitions. Participants are challenged to complete a project in their career-training area within a specified time frame while being rated by a panel of judges from business, industry, and education. Gold medal winners will compete in the 51st Annual SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, June 22-26, 2015, for National Honors.
Junior Biotechnology student Kyle Barrett (Williamsburg) earned a bronze medal in the Medical Math competition. This competition challenged students to demonstrate math skills used in the medical field such as dosage calculations, ratio and proportions, and metric and household conversions.
The Biotechnology Team of Lindsay Zeigler, Chloe Henderson and Emilie Shouse, all from Bethel Tate, placed second in the Science, Math and Technology Career Pathways Showcase. Their showcase consisted of a research project and presentation about the health benefits of spices in our diet. The team also created a display and a brochure to showcase their research results.
The Biotechnology Team of Jessica Riley, Kyleigh Philpott, (Bethel-Tate) and Tegan Schwettman (Felicity-Franklin) placed first and brought home a Gold Medal in the Natural Resources/Agriculture Food Career Pathways Showcase. Their showcase consisted of a research project and presentation about the Asian Longhorn Beetle infestation in our community. Their Gold Medal allows them to represent Grant Career Center at the National Skill Competition in late June in Louisville, Kentucky.
Other students competing in events at the state level include: Jesse Noble (New Richmond) and Ian Kimmerly (Bethel-Tate), Additive Manufacturing, Engineering Design; Cody Hess, Automotive Refinishing Technology, Auto Collision, (New Richmond); The Health Knowledge Bowl Team consisting of Amber Arthur (Felicity-Franklin), Emily King (Bethel-Tate), Allie Graybill (Williamsburg), and Kristin Evans (New Richmond); Kylie Watts, Medical Terminology, Allied Health Science, (Bethel-Tate); Dalton Henderson, Related Technical Math, Engineering Design, (New Richmond); the Opening and Closing Team of Miles Burnam, Austin Berger (New Richmond), Lucas Sharp, Courtney Riggs and Taylor Ford (Felicity-Franklin) and Melissa Dameron and Katie Warfield (Bethel-Tate); Jamie Applegate, Welding Sculpture, Metal Fabrication, (Williamsburg); Nathan Bromer, Technical Drafting, Engineering Design, (New Richmond); and the Robotics and Automation Technology Team of BJ Ratcliff and Zac Dudney (Bethel-Tate). Traveling with the group were SkillsUSA officers Erin McKee, Carly Bruan, and Nathaniel Lang, as well as observers Mariah Harvey and Katie Mounts.