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SkillsUSA Students Shine at State!

The Northland Career Center SkillsUSA members competed at the state competitions the weekend of April 7-9, 2022 at the State Technical College of Missouri.  Liberty Public Schools was well-represented with several students from both Liberty High School and Liberty North High School competing and bringing home top finishes.

Liberty High School had three state champions at the event, which include:  Sydney Usher (Community Service #2 contest) and Tyler Olson (CPS Human Services #5 and Criminal Justice Tech Info contests).  Other students competing and bringing home top finishes for LHS included Harrison Floro, Jana DeVaul, Trevor Ross, Wyatt Kolasa, and Alex Klein.
 
Liberty North High School also turned in a strong showing at the state event with a total of three first place contest finishes.  Jackson Williams was the contest winner in CPS Human Services Team and Extemporaneous Speaking, while JoLynn Graham took home first place in the Action Skills contest.  Other top ten finishes were turned in by Jacob Curtin, Nick Zylstra, Remi Robinett, and Shyla Heindel.
 
Jackson Williams, JoLynn Graham, Harrison Floro, Sydney Usher, and Tyler Olson have now all advanced to the SkillsUSA national competition scheduled for June 19-24, 2022 in Atlanta, GA.
 
During the Missouri SkillsUSA competition, students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting, and culinary arts. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, testing competencies set by the industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure. This specific team participated in the career pathway showcase, a competition in which student teams use their course of study as the basis of a project that will benefit their class, school, community, or industry. The project must highlight an aspect of their career cluster training. Upon completion of the project, the students will develop a display and use it within the community to explain their training and project. This contest will judge mastery of their training, its application, the project's benefit to their community, and display and presentation techniques.
 
About SkillsUSA
 
SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded in 1965 to strengthen our nation's skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the skills gap in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA's championships program and curricula, employers have long ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA's new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has members nationwide in high schools, colleges, and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. We have served 13.9 million members since 1965. For more information: www.skillsusa.org. For more information about SkillsUSA Missouri, please visit https://www.skillsusamo.org.