Waubonsie Valley High School

Indian Prairie School District 204


WVHS SkillsUSA students competed in the SkillsUSA National Championships

Reported by webmaster@ipsd.org on 6/30/17

Waubonsie Valley High School’s SkillsUSA students competed in the SkillsUSA National Championships, held in Louisville KY on June 19-24, 2017, as part of the SkillsUSA 53th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. During the week, more than 6000 outstanding career and technical education students—all state contest winners competed hands-on in 100+ different trade, technical and leadership fields.
Waubonsie Valley High School’s students who competed are listed below.

Gretchen Farmer
Principles of Engineering
State Champions, National Qualifier, placing 8th in the Nation

Matt Demaso
Electronics Technology
State Champion National Qualifier, placing 9th in the Nation

Career Pathways Showcase
Team V - Todd Hunt, Sebastion Martinez, and Mitchell Mueller
State Champions National Qualifier, placing 16th in the Nation

“I am very proud of their accomplishments,” said Steve Skorup, advisor at WVHS. “they and the other students that participated in the competitions are true champions in their dedication to excellence in their career area and their career skills. The students were aided in their preparation for the national contest by engineers and advisors from local design and manufacturing firms, architects, teachers, and project home owner.

Career Pathways Showcase consists of a team of three students demonstrating their ability to design an innovative engineering project and present those ideas along with a display and live model. During the presentation, students are judged on their performance as a professional team, presentation of their project to a panel of judges from the engineering field, their storyboard presentation model, and the overall effect of the presentation. The WVHS team presented their new design for a home to be renovated for a client in Chattanooga TN.

Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA Championships are for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA. In addition, high scorers in the contests received Skill Point Certificates. The Skill Point Certificate was awarded in 100+ occupational and leadership areas to students who achieved a high score defined by industry. The same industry leaders who defined the competencies for the Championships determined a “cut score” that indicates excellence for students entering technical fields or leadership. Most cut scores range between 70 and 80 percent, and contestants who reach that level earn a Skill Point certificate. Students can use their certificates to document achievement and to show potential employers as indicators of proficiency. The WVHS student, Gretchen Farmer, was awarded her Skill Point Certificate.

SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA chapters help students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations excel. SkillsUSA has almost 400,000 students and instructors as members. For more information or to view the award ceremony, visit www.SkillsUSA.org.


Waubonsie Valley High School�s SkillsUSA  (pdf)


Team WVHS (jpg)


8th in the Nation (jpg)


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