KC Students Bring Home Gold, Bronze Medals From SkillsUSA

Seated: Briana Knackstedt , Gold Medal winner for Nail Care, and Jordan Hempen, Bronze Medal winner in Criminal Justice, with their advisors, standing, Professor Kelli Malone and Professor Ken Ingersoll

The week of June 22-27, ten Career and Technical Educational students from Kaskaskia College competed in nine specific competitions at the 51st Skills USA Conference and Skill Competition held in Louisville, KY. Two medals were earned by KC students.

The students and advisors earning the National Skills USA competition medals included:

Nail Care: Briana Knackstedt of Alhambra and model Kayla Brown of Greenville earned first place. Professor Kelli Malone of Germantown is their advisor. This is the first gold medal for Nail Care.

Criminal Justice: Jordan Hempen of Carlyle earned third place. Professor Kenneth Ingersoll is his advisor. This is the third consecutive bronze medal year for Criminal Justice.

In addition, students and advisors earning recognition for the national competition for their specific areas include:

Carpentry: Trey Wuebbles of Carlyle. Professor Pete Donnelly of Centralia is his advisor.

Computer Maintenance (Information Technology Services): Stephen Raisley of Iuka. Professor Angenien Huffstutler of Carlyle is his advisor.

Cosmetology: Brie Maier of Beckemeyer. Professor Chris Browne of Columbia is her advisor.

Culinary Arts: Kassandra Ingersoll of Centralia. Chef/Professor Robert Rhymes of Centralia is her advisor.

Internetworking: Joseph Snow of Mulberry Grove. Professor Angenien Huffstutler of Carlyle is his advisor.

Technical Computer Application: Paige Anderson of Carlyle. Professor Angenien Huffstutler of Carlyle is her advisor.

Welding: Quin Seitz of Greenville. Professor David Koleson of Greenville is his advisor.

Skills USA is a national organization that serves technical, skilled and service occupation instructional programs in public high schools, career and technical centers and schools and two and four year colleges.

SOURCEPhoto courtesy of Kaskaskia College
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