July 13, 2012 1:38PM
Lincoln-Way East High School senior Allison Rymut and East juniors Mike Rossetto and Paul Brushaber competed as a team in the National SkillsUSA contest last month in Kansas City, Mo. The team took seventh in the nation in Automated Manufacturing. | subm
Updated: August 16, 2012 6:12AM
L-Way students compete in skills contest
A group of Lincoln-Way High School District students are back from Kansas City, Mo., where they competed in the National SkillsUSA contest.
Lincoln-Way East juniors Paul Brushaber and Mike Rossetto and senior Allison Rymut competed as a team in automated manufacturing contest. Lincoln-Way Central junior Hayley Knapp competed alone in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration contest.
The team of East students took seventh in the nation in automated manufacturing while Knapp took 28th in HVACR.
“To see these students working in their respective contests for eight hours using a variety of skills to compete against the best in the nation and place like they did says an awful lot about how hard they have worked to prepare for their contests,” said Industrial Tech teacher Daniel Moore.
SkillsUSA is a nonprofit organization that prepares high school and college students for trade, technical and skilled-service occupations.
Students qualified for the opportunity after competing in a series of local and state competitions.
“Most of the students competing at the national contest come from schools that specialize in the technical occupations where they are in classes for two or three hours a day training on equipment very similar to the equipment used at the national contest,” Moore said. “For our students to compete at the level they did is outstanding. ”