Aberdeen High School SkillsUSA Team Cleans Up in Kansas

ABERDEEN, Wash – Aberdeen High School celebrated its best finish ever at the SkillsUSA National Conference held in Kansas City MO., as three Bobcats finished in the top ten and had its third national officer elected in four years.

Aberdeen Skills Team 2013 (L to R); Row 1 - Jenna Prater, Kristina Davis, Erika Nelson, Tracy Ecklund Row 2 - Tommy Ryan, Riley Talevich, Kellen Schroeder, Chuck VeloniAHS senior Erika Nelson was voted the SkillsUSA Region Five Vice-President, on Friday night, June 28th. Erika follows in the footsteps of former Bobcats Katie Grimnes (2011 National President) and Karmen Ayres (2012 National Vice-President). Erika’s duties will involve traveling throughout the United States to promote SkillsUSA, helping chapter development on a local, state and national level, and 2014 National Conference planning. Erika will fly to Leesburg Virginia for national officer training at the end of July.

Students receiving outstanding recognition were Jenna Prater and Kristina Davis, who placed fifth in the nation in the Audio/Radio Production Competition. Jenna and Kristina also received Skill Point Certification which is an industry recognized employment standard based off of their Industry Standards Written Test. Aberdeen senior Kellen Schroeder placed fifth in the nation in Major Appliance and Refrigeration. Hoquiam Graduate and AHS Industrial Engineering student Riley Talevich placed 13th in Electrical Construction Wiring and received his Skill Point certification. Tommy Ryan placed 20th in the nation in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.

Aberdeen SkillsUSA Advisor, Chuck Veloni, was recognized as the Region Five Advisor of the Year and one of the top five advisors in the nation at the opening ceremonies on Wednesday night’s opening ceremonies. Chuck was also one of the presenters at the SkillsUSA University Seminar; What Makes a Great SkillsUSA Advisor.

The Aberdeen High School Chapter of SkillsUSA would like to thank all of those who helped these students achieve their goal of demonstrating excellence at a national level.