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Senior High students headed to SkillsUSA Ohio competition

Three of the students who will participate in SkillsUSA regional competition talk with Scott Musser, Senior High Career Tech director. From left are Keavonte Braggs, cosmetology; Gavin Hyland-Spencer, carpentry, and Alyvia Wilcox, esthetics (skin care).

      Sixteen Career and Technical Education students will represent Mansfield Senior High at SkillsUSA Ohio regional competition Feb. 15 at the Penta Career Center in Perrysburg.

      “Our students will compete against students from many other schools in the Northwest District of SkillsUSA Ohio. In each program the skills required will be specific to the work they would do on the job,” said Scott Musser, Senior High Career Tech director.

      “It’s an opportunity for our students to display their skills and abilities. I think the competition will make them realize that what they are learning is just as good, or better, than what other schools offer.”

      Students who will compete at the district were chosen by competitions within their Senior High programs or teacher recommendations. The Senior High contingent will compete in 13 different categories.

      Overall gold, silver and bronze medal winners will advance to state-level competition later this school year.

      Gavin Hyland-Spencer will represent Senior High in the carpentry competition.

      “Gavin will take his own tools. He will be given blueprints and materials and told what to build within three hours,” Musser said.

      The SkillsUSA Ohio contest guide says that “contestants will be judged on accuracy, ability to read and interpret blueprints, workmanship, safety and the proper use of tools, equipment and materials.”

      Keavonte Braggs will be the Tygers’ representative in the cosmetology competition. That contest description states, “Students will demonstrate their skills in haircutting, hair styling and long hair design in four separate tests. All work is performed on mannequins, so everyone begins with the same model and the same type of hair. Contestants will create one 90-degree women’s haircut, one woman’s cut, and one man’s cut from a finished photo. A display of creativity is seen in the long hair segment of the competition where these future salon professionals demonstrate their own design skills.”

      Senior High has entered a four-member team of Shayla Bowman, Sequoya Cooke, Sierra Frampton-Johnson and Erika Taylor in the Health Knowledge Bowl contest.

      Competition guidelines in that category state that teams of four students will be tested “on their collective knowledge of health occupations. Teams are judged on speed and accuracy answering questions in nine categories: (1) academic foundations; (2) communication; (3) systems; (4) employability skills; (5) legal responsibility; (6) ethics; (7) safety practices; (8) teamwork; and, (9) health maintenance.”

      All categories allow a three-hour competition window, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

      Also competing for Senior High will be:

Medical Terminology – Savanna Yeater

First Aid/CPR – Destiny Rutter

Nurse Assisting – Khayla Johnson

Information Technology Services – Nathaniel Covault

Prepared Speech – Micah Gillum

Automotive Service Technology – Trevor Gossard

Technical Drafting – Tanner Harless

Architectural Drafting – Dustin Moore

Customer Service – Kourtney Senegal

      SkillsUSA’s mission statement says that the organization “empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills ground in academics.”

      Nationally, SkillsUSA serves more than 335,000 students and instructors.

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