Another Great Year of Competition
Students Excel at State SkillsUSA Competition
Meghann Miller#TeamKACC Heading to Opening Ceremonies
Kankakee Area Career Center (KACC) has once again demonstrated how talented our students are at the regional and State levels.
SkillsUSA State Competition – the Scholastic Bowl of Career and Technical Education (CTE) took place April 11 to 13 in Springfield, Illinois. Kankakee Area Career Center’s SkillsUSA Team consisted of 44 students. These students go the extra mile to ensure they are ready for competition. Many had to undergo written tests to even qualify to compete at the State Level.
The fact “We Got Skills” is evidenced by the successes our students earned. KACC Principal, Tim Guerin, accompanied students and SkillsUSA Advisors this year. He said he was “extremely impressed with the high level of knowledge and talent our young folks demonstrated. They conducted themselves in a very professional manner. I could not be more proud.”
Meghann Miller, KACC Cosmetology Instructor and Lead SkillsUSA Advisor said “Each competitor brought their ‘A-game’ to the competition. With a lot of preparation, Team KACC excelled at State. The hard work and positive attitudes really paid off. I am proud of each and everyone one of them.”
Ms. Miller was assisted by Skills Advisors: James Stafford, Automotive Technology Instructor, Michael Gall, Welding Technology Instructor and Dawn Kleber, Automotive Teacher’s Aide.
KACC’s Law Enforcement Instructor, Don Barber, is incredibly proud as well. Once again, he has a first place team for Criminal Scene Investigations. His CSI Team students are: Matthew Gonzalez and Jose Cabrera Beecher, HS and Logan Charbonneau, St. Anne HS. Matthew Gonzales said "I'm extremely proud of my team for being the absolute best they could have been and all of their hard work and dedication has really shown. When we go to Nationals, I have no doubt they will absolutely blow away the competition."
Gerry Glunz, BBCHS Student in Computer Technology, not only finished in second place, he was also elected post-secondary State Secretary and will be going to SkillsUSA Nationals this June Louisville. Gerry said "It was a hard competition that took a lot of energy and time, but I am proud to be one of the few to emerge victorious."
Seth Shreffler, 2nd place finisher stated the "SkillsUSA competition was an amazing learning experience for me. It really showed me what I can improve on and where my strong suits are in my career field and I'm very grateful I had the chance to compete."
Kohlton Lanoue said that he thought that for our "First Skills experience, it was awesome. I Had lost of fun at the contest and with our school."
KACC Skills Advisor, Dawn Kleber was also proud of the student for their dedication and "perseverance" it took to get to the State Competition level. "To me, she said, "they are all winners. they went and did their best!"
Other top-ten finishers at State Competition are:
Automotive Service Technology: Seth Shreffler, Manteno HS
Information Technology Service: Gerry Glunz, BBCHS
Cosmetology Post-Secondary – Catie Ailey – Watseka HS Alumn
Cosmetology: Alicia Avila – Clifton Central HS
Cosmetology Post-Secondary: Jordan Edwards – Watseka HS Alumn
Welding Technology – Robert Eakins – Bishop McNamara
Construction Technology Team Works: Josiah Tilley, Homeschool; Wilson Netherton, Bishop McNamara; Kohlton Lanoue, Donovan; and, Nicholas Vaughn, Iroquois West HS
Electrical Construction: Wiring Travis Felchia – Central HS
Criminal Scene Investigation: Bryce Modglin and Jailen Valerio, BBCHS and Brandon Morse, Grant Park HS
5th Place Cosmetology – Lauren Hanson, Homeschool
Esthetics: Caity Edwards, BBCHS with model Elena Garza, Crete Monee HS
Collision Repair Technology: Noah Dingler, Clifton Central HS
Welding Fabrication Team: Brayden Peters, BBCHS; Tatum Hall, Kankakee HS; and, Noah Fink, Iroquois West
Full Service Automotive: Sarah DeJonge, Grant Park HS
Full Service Automotive: Hector Gonzalez, BBCHS
Cosmetology – Kara Schultz, Herscher HS
9th Place Welding Technology: Sean Drexler, Manteno HS
10th Place Cosmetology: Hazel Burgess - Homeschool
Prior to the State SkillsUSA Competition, there was a regional conference in Elgin, where KACC students also saw success. The following students excelled:
Cosmetology - Alicia Avila, Clifton Central High School
Esthetics - Catie Edwards, BBCHS
Job Interview - Angelle Vanderwarf, Beecher HS
First Aid/CPR: Magdalena Gaffney, Beecher HS
Nurse Assisting - Adamaris Jaramillo - BBCHS
Cosmetology - Lauren Hanson - Homeschool
Cosmetology - Hazel Burgess, Homeschool