Area students lasso national recognition in Kansas City

The 49th annual Skills-USA National Leadership and Skills Conference concluded Friday in Kansas City, Mo., with five Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers students coming home with medals.

The teamworks team of Salvador Cantero III of Fostoria High School; Austin Kelbley of Mohawk High School; Jacob Serviss of Seneca East High School; and Jacob Welly of New Riegel High School earned a bronze medal; for the computer programming competition, Kelsey Johnston of Fremont Ross High School earned a bronze medal; and nurse assisting competitor Veronica Province of Columbian High School earned a bronze medal.

“I feel that I did the best I could do,” Province said. “I am just glad that I did place today.”

Province said that she wasn’t nervous during the competition, but before. She had to conduct skills such as a job interview, check vital signs, hand-washing, range of motion and mouth and denture care.

Two students walked away with first-place medals during the ceremony Friday – collision repair technology competitor Aaron Maki of Columbian High School and telecommunication cabling competitor Logan Robinson of Bettsville High School.

The win for Maki was “unbelievable and wonderful,” he said.

“It was different. I was nervous on how I would do,” Maki said. “There were changes with the competition, but I practiced enough and I placed gold.”

Robinson said he owed his hard work to his advisor, Floyd Collins, digital technologies instructor at Vanguard.

“If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have been here.” Robinson said. “I had a great teacher who pointed me in the right direction and gave me advice on what to look up and, if I had questions, he was there to answer them.”

Robinson said he had an hour and 15 minutes to install a cable system.

“The physical installation of the cable was the hardest part,” Robinson said. “I had just enough time.”

“Everyone did an outstanding job this week,” said Elissa Heal, director for Sentinel. “They are all champions at work. All the students have true character and are very skilled and intelligent and have bright futures ahead of them. The staff at Vanguard-Sentinel couldn’t be prouder of their students.”