Northeast Tech students compete in SkillsUSA Nationals; welders place second

Northeast Tech students compete in SkillsUSA Nationals; welders place second
Posted on 07/06/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Northeast Tech students compete in SkillsUSA Nationals; welders place secondTwenty-three students from Northeast Tech joined more than 6,000 of their peers at the recent SkillsUSA National Competition in Louisville, Ky. Representing each of Northeast Tech’s four campuses – Afton, Claremore, Kansas and Pryor – these students also represented the state of Oklahoma as they vied for the title of National Champion in their respective competitions.

“SkillsUSA is a massive competition with thousands of participants from across the U.S., and a few visiting guests from other countries,” said Northeast Tech Superintendent Fred Probis. “I was pleased to see several of our students qualify for the competition, and I am very proud of the way they represented our district and our state.”

The SkillsUSA National Championships is considered the largest single day of corporate volunteerism in America and valued at more than $36 million in industry support of donated time, equipment, cash and materials. All contests are run by and judged by industry experts using industry standards for employment. More than 1,000 industry judges participated in this year’s SkillsUSA Nationals.

It was the welding team from NTC Afton that placed highest among the Northeast Tech delegation. Teammates Armando Montor, Spencer Cook and Brandon Mitchell earned a second place finish in the Welding Fabrication contest – a grueling six-hour event in which the welders transformed a pile of sheet metal into a welding/cutting table.

“Second place in the nation – that’s something to be proud of,” said Northeast Tech welding instructor Corey Winesburg. “These guys worked incredibly hard preparing for this competition, and they have very bright futures ahead of them.”

Under Winesburg’s leadership, this is the third consecutive year that one of Northeast Tech’s welding teams has earned a place on the winners’ podium at SkillUSA Nationals. A fourth Afton welder, Gabe Mustain, placed ninth in Welding Sculpture.

Also finishing within the top ten in their categories were two Robotics and Automation Technology teams: Duwayne Lee and Nathaniel Moore from the Northeast Tech Pryor Campus who placed ninth, and Sam Hoover and Trey Hoskins from Northeast Tech Afton Campus who placed fifth.

In all, Oklahoma students earned a total of 68 medals, setting a new state record and earning more than any other state. All of the medalists received prizes for their accomplishment, and the items in their prize packs ranged from scholarships and gift certificates to tools they will use in their chosen trade.

“When it comes to CareerTech training, Oklahoma has one of the best systems in the nation,” said Probis. “Students leave us with education, skills and experiences that have prepared them for entering the workforce, which is exactly the type of individual employers are seeking to hire.”

Northeast Tech students who competed at SkillsUSA Nationals
• Cheyenne Matthews of Adair – Job Skills
• Abigail Clark of Sequoyah – 29th Place in Cosmetology
• Duwayne Lee of Langley – 9th Place in Robotics & Automation Technology
• Nathaniel Moore of Claremore – 9th Place in Robotics & Automation Technology
• Darin Hays of Locust Grove – 15th Place in Industrial Motor Control
• Nathan Beck of Claremore –11th Place in Quiz Bowl
• Maria Collins of Claremore – 20th Place in Engineering Design Technology
• Trey Thomas of Claremore – 20th Place in Engineering Design Technology
• Riker Olari of Claremore – 20th Place in Engineering Design Technology
• Ryan Simmons of Claremore – 11th Place in Quiz Bowl
• Tyler Boyer of Claremore – 11th Place in Quiz Bowl
• Lane Edwards of Claremore – 11th Place in Quiz Bowl
• Aiden Bainbridge of Claremore – 11th Place in Quiz Bowl
• Jason Barnes of Claremore – 11th Place in Quiz Bowl
• Bryce Goetz of Claremore – 11th Place in Quiz Bowl
• Tyler Farley of Sequoyah – Mobile Electronics
• Bobby Foreman of Vinita – 22nd Place Automotive Refinishing
• Trey Hoskins of Grove – 5th Place in Robotics and Automation Technology
• Sam Hoover of Wyandotte – 5th Place in Robotics and Automation Technology
• Gabe Mustain of Afton – 9th Place in Welding Sculpture
• Armando Montor of Commerce – 2nd Place in Welding & Metal Fabrication
• Spencer Cook of Grove – 2nd Place in Welding & Metal Fabrication
• Brandon Mitchell of Grove – 2nd Place in Welding & Metal Fabrication

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