20 land SkillsUSA honors


COLUMBUS — Twenty local students earned first place, gold medals Wednesday following competitions during the sixty-sixth annual SkillsUSA Ohio Championships.

Students from Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center competed all day Tuesday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. They are to move on to national competition June 25-29 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kaylie Martin, a senior health careers academy student from Columbian High School, said she was very excited to be heading to nationals.

“I’m glad all my hard work paid off,” she said.

Joining her will be health career academy students Emily Cook, a senior from Mohawk High School, and Alexis Miller, a senior from Columbian, who also placed first in their individual contests.


Nickolas Miller, a senior precision machining student from Calvert High School, said he was very excited to be moving on and felt confident during his competition.

“I felt I would at least get in the top three,” he said.

The team of junior cosmetology students — Isabelle Lewis of Columbian and Allison Nye and Breanna Stephens, both of Calvert — also will be moving on to Kentucky.

“We are all thrilled and excited,” Nye said. “We are just glad to continue to benefit the community that much more.”

The team helped support the local organization Sisters in Shelter.


The entrepreneurship team of culinary and hospitality management students also will be moving on. The team is comprised of Andrew Cassell, a junior from Seneca East High School; Trey Speicher III, a junior from Bridges Community Academy; Rose May, a senior from Mohawk; and Andrew Smith, a senior from Hopewell-Loudon.

May said she is glad to be able to gain a win in her senior year and continue on to nationals.

Calista Wilson, a senior cosmetology student from Columbian, and her model, Ashley Reinhart, a senior cosmetology student from Calvert, also earned gold Wednesday.

Wilson created butterflies on Reinhart’s nails as a tribute to her grandmother.

“This is amazing,” Wilson said.


Even though Reinhart was just a model, she said, “I just liked being there to support her.”

Team members Thomas Kersting, a senior from Old Fort High School, and Nathan Young, a senior from Gibsonburg High School, who are students in the digital media technologies program at Vanguard Tech Center, worked to make history relatable with their gold-winning video game development.

“It feels really good,” Kersting said.

He said they started developing the game Culture Crusade in August and he and Young are excited to see it come to fruition.

Young said they wanted to capitalize on myths and mythology from history to create an educational game for a younger audience to learn about other cultures.


Other students moving on are Zachary Raudebaugh, a junior digital technologies student from Hopewell-Loudon; Alec Hoover, a junior collision repair technology student from Hopewell-Loudon; Noah Borer, a junior collision repair technology student from Hopewell-Loudon; Bryston Smith, a junior precision machining student from Hopewell-Loudon; and Richard Karn, a junior building maintenance student from Lakota High School.




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