Vanguard-Sentinel students head to nationals

COLUMBUS – Vanguard-Sentinel students are to continue practicing their skills after the awards ceremony Wednesday for the 61st annual Skills-USA Ohio championships at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The district was awarded nine gold, 10 silver and nine bronze medals in individual contests. Sixteen students from the Fremont and Tiffin campuses placed first, moving on to the national competition June 23-29 in Kansas City, Mo.

Brett Cassidy, a junior electrical trades student from Hopewell-Loudon High School; Eric Radford, a building trades senior from Upper Sandusky High School; and Alex Martinez, a precision machining junior from Hopewell-Loudon High School, made up Sentinel’s chapter display team.

The first place display included a blooming flower representing student growth as they become prepared with their individual skills.

The display involved 83 students in 11 programs. The project cost $3,800 – all from donations – and took 583 hours to complete.

“We are ecstatic,” Cassidy said.

“The speech went very well,” Radford said.

“Eric killed it and blew it right out of the water,” Martinez said. “I am going to be singing tonight. We are going to Kansas City!”

A team of three seniors from Vanguard competed in the career pathways showcase creating augmented reality glasses used for assisting medical students in showing human anatomy.

The glasses use a tracking symbol to reveal three-dimensional images of human anatomy.

“We are proud to move on,” said Aaron Triplett, a digital technologies students from Gibsonburg High School.

The project took more than a year to complete.

“We hope to integrate the (project) in every classroom,” Triplett said.

The team included digital technologies students Aaron Reasor of Lakota High School and Isaiah Galvan of Old Fort High School.

Hard work paid off for Logan Robinson, a digital technologies student from Bettsville High School who competed in the telecommunications cabling contest. Robinson said he plans to keep practicing to prepare for nationals.

“It felt good,” he said.

Senior Veronica Province said she was still shaking and couldn’t believe that she won.

Province, a medical technology student from Columbian High School, competed in the nurse assisting contest.

“Honestly, I thought I was going to lose,” Province said. “(Throughout) the competition I felt that I was losing confidence.”

Skills were not the only things students had to show. Students had to compete with time and accuracy, as the four teamworks students found out.

The team is made up of Salvador Cantero, building trades senior from Fostoria High School; Austin Kelbley, electrical trades senior from Mohawk High School; Jacob Serviss, electrical trades senior from Seneca East High School; and Jacob Welly, building trades senior from New Riegel High School.

The students worked from blueprints to build a mock-up of a living room using several skills such as electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and masonry. The team finished their contest on time, after working together to fix mistakes they had found.

“We are going to keep practicing more than we are now,” Cantero said.

“We work well and have a well-formed relationship as a team,” Serviss said.

Collision repair students Aaron Maki and Caleb Peacock also will be traveling to Missouri in June.

Maki, from Columbian, got gold in the collision repair technology contest.

“I feel fantastic,” he said. “During the contest, I felt nervous and rushed but overall it went smooth.”

Peacock said it was a huge relief and that his hard work had paid off. Peacock competed in the automotive refinishing contest.

“There were some things that I feel I could have done better,” Peacock said. “I will put in more and more work to practice.”

Madisen Cornell, a senior culinary student from Fremont Ross, placed first in the customer service contest and Kelsey Johnston, from Gibsonburg High, placed first in the computer programming contest.

“I feel awesome. I honestly thought I didn’t get it,” Johnston said.