MOUNT PLEASANT — The 48th annual Wisconsin Skills USA State Conference was held on April 24-25 in Madison, and Case High School students were well represented.
More than 3,500 students from all over the state traveled to Madison to compete in more than 150 different competitions. Some of those competitions ranged from welding to advertising design to even firefighting. There was a wide range of competitions for everybody to have something to compete in.
Skills USA’s mission is to help students compete and learn new skills that will help them in the future and improve Wisconsin’s workforce.
Organizers started the conference with uplifting the crowd by giving away $200 in gift cards.Then they brought out the founder of Skills USA Wisconsin and encouraged students to take this experience and learn from it.
Case High School brought 22 skilled students to compete at the state level. Shane Kudela, Case High School Skills USA lead adviser, led the students, with the help of school counselors Jennifer Muffick and Bruce Follo.
“These kids have trained all year and have dedicated their time to master their skill. Win or lose, all of these kids will have learned something, and that’s what really matters to me,” said Kudela.
Kudela teaches many different classes at Case, including graphic design, computer programming and photography. Many of his students are in the Academy of Computer Science and Technical Services, in which they learn skills to prepare them for careers that are in high demand.
Six Case students competed in advertising design, a competition where they were given an example business and had to design a logo, flyer, and business card.
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Four students competed in prepared speech, in which the competitors were given three hours to prepare a speech about a topic and present it in front of judges. Roger Janusiak won first place in that competition with Dwight Holley coming in second place.
“I’ve prepared for this competition for months so all of the work has paid off with this win,” said Roger.
David Cervantes won third place in diesel repair. Raylee Nelson competed in job interview, a competition in which candidates compete for a job by making their best impressions in an interview situation.
Case had a successful trip, taking back nine medals in total.