Showing their skills

Vanguard-Sentinel students compete in state contest

PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY Calista Wilson’s nail art creation is displayed on the hand of model Ashley Reinhart.

COLUMBUS — More than 100 students from Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers competed Tuesday during the 66th annual SkillsUSA Ohio Championships.

Competitions took place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The team of Vanguard seniors Gaberiel Sauceda of Clyde High School, Heidie Nissen of Gibsonburg High School and Jacob Darr of St. Joseph Central Catholic High School worked to bring to fruition the schools’ chapter display with the theme “Job Ready, Day One.”

Vanguard is celebrate it’s 50th anniversary this year and to commemorate that, Sauceda said the district worked to build a rocket similar to the Vanguard rocket that was intended to take the first U.S. satellite into space.

The display focused on the Skills-USA emblem with gears, torches, hands and other parts of the emblem, Sauceda said. One student from each program — 24 in total — spent 412 hours on the project, including fabrication students helping on metal work, electrical on the lights and automotive refinishing students helping with painting, to name a few.

PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY The Vanguard Tech Center team’s chapter display included a Vanguard rocket.

Nissen said students started working on the display the third day of school.

She said judging, which included a speech and answering questions about the display, “went very well.”

“We are very happy with the final product,” Sauceda said. “I feel we presented it well and the judges understood what we had presented.”

Nissen and Sauceda said the final product means a lot to them.

“We are happy to be able to continue to represent our school years to come,” Nissen said.

The team of culinary and hospitality management students from Sentinel included Chelsea Arbogast, a senior at Hopewell-Loudon High School; Shelby Slavey, a senior at Upper Sandusky High School; and Charles Taylor, a junior at Columbian High School. The team presented a project in the career pathway showcase competition on a human services platform.

The students packed meal bags for the Tiffin Community YMCA weekend food program. They packed bags every Wednesday and totaled 15,238 bags serving about 401 children registered in the program.

Taylor said he thought judging was done “fair in a clean-cut competition.”

“The judges asked a lot of questions and were really interested in our project and involvement in the community to make a difference,” he said.

The students also participated in a fish fry that raised $2,100 for the program, Arbogast said.

The building and construction trades program at Sentinel had two team works teams — a senior team and a junior team — make it to state competitions from regionals.

The senior team was comprised of Alex Hill of Calvert High School, Jonah Nye of New Riegel High School, Joseph Stickley of Hopewell-Loudon and Shawn Daniel of Columbian.

Hill said he thought their team did pretty well.

“There were things we could have done better, but we worked really well as a team,” he said.

The team had to use a set of prints and materials to build a mock of a bathroom-type facility with wood, nails, screws, drywall, and electrical and plumbing components.

Hill said to keep everything running smoothly, they just “always kept being busy.”

“We didn’t wait,” he said. “We would go and ask questions if we had any, clean and organize for the next person still working.”

Senior Calista Wilson, of Columbian, said she took her grandmother and her love of butterflies with her to competition.

Wilson, who is in the cosmetology program at Sentinel, competed in the nail care competition with fellow student and nail care model Ashley Reinhart, a senior from Calvert.

In the competition, Wilson performed a pedicure with acrylic nails and nail art. The nail art featured butterflies with wings being painted on different fingers, showing them coming together.

Wilson said her grandmother died two years ago and now she always has a connection with butterflies.

Awards are to be presented at 9 a.m. today. Those who place first will move onto the national competition June 25-29 in Louisville, Kentucky.