SKILLS USA: Students Compete In National Competition | Schools
(Fort Dodge Press) -- Seven Fort Dodge Senior High students recently competed against students from all 50 states and four territorial associations in the National SkillsUSA competition. The students qualified by earning gold medals at the state competition in April.
FDSH results from the National SkillsUSA competition included:
Nathan Wook, 20th in Technical Drafting
Alex Stephenson, 22nd in Architectural Drafting
Brody O’Tool, Larry Earnest and Reid Cooper, 26th in Team Welding Fabrication
Bennett Lang, 27th in Cabinetmaking
Tony Thompson, 28th in Computer Maintenance Technology
“Our students have consistently placed in the upper half of the nation in these events during the past three years, representing themselves and the Fort Dodge Schools very well,” stated Ed Birkey, industrial technology instructor at FDSH. “This is a great accomplishment for our students, parents, school officials and community.”
He continued, “It is also nice to see former FDSH students competing in events at the post-secondary level for Iowa Central. Knowing we helped spark their career interests here at the high school level is also something to be proud of.”
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. SkillsUSA programs also help establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom and promote community services.