The combined team of the Aberdeen, Hoquiam and the Montesano SkillsUSA programs will be sending a record number of nine competitors to the national conference that will be held in Louisville Kentucky, June 25th through the 29th.

Leading the way was Hoquiam High School senior Walker Dunn, who secured a return trip to the national conference, after finishing fifth in the nation last year in Major Appliance. This year, Walker will be competing in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration. Walker attends the Industrial Engineering program at the Aberdeen Skill Center and his instructor is Chuck Veloni.

Also making a return trip to nationals is Hoquiam High School junior, Trent Wood. Trent finished 12th in the nation last year in Sheet Metal and will be going back to compete in the same contest. Trent’s instructor is Duke Harner.

Montesano junior, Danika Peterson took the gold in Nurse Assisting. Danika attends the Nursing program at the Aberdeen Skills Center and her instructor is Lindsey Kargbo.

The Audio Production team, made up of AHS junior’s Bryson Greneir and Colby Haviland, won a gold medal competing at nationals. Bryson and Colby are enrolled in the Radio Broadcasting class at AHS and can be heard regularly on 106.5FM, the KAHS. Their instructor is Chuck Veloni.

Also winning gold medals for Entrepreneurship, is the team made up of Aberdeen’s Michaela Leach, Marina Urvina, Cole Schubert, and Blake Beeson. All four have been working with advisors Tammy Heth and Chuck Veloni.

Also taking home some hardware was Derek Stoken, Silver Medal in Sheet Metal, Zach Severson, Bronze Medal in Sheet Metal, Eric Eng and Anthony Kallio, Bronze Medals in Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue.

Other students who attended and competed at the state conference are;

Aleks Seguin, Zach Miller, Zack Volkert, Perla Mata, Alex Tomko, Hunter Olson, Ben Cherry, Elijah Walker, Miichael Ray, Tanner Jones, Jose Martinez


The Aberdeen High School Chapter of SkillsUSA will be hosting a Cowboy Bar-B-Que Wednesday May 23rd in the commons at Aberdeen High School from 6PM to 8PM. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any SkillsUSA member. The Aberdeen Chapter of SkillsUSA will be trying to raise $20,000 to send nine students and two advisors to the national conference in Louisville KY.

If you are interested in helping to make this goal a reality, please send any donations to; Aberdeen High School attn: SkillsUSA National Fund, 410 North “G” Street Aberdeen WA 98520.