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SC students head to national SkillsUSA event

SHERIDAN — Following a successful showing at the Wyoming SkillsUSA competition that included bringing home the Outstanding Chapter award, four gold-medal winning Sheridan College students are preparing for the national SkillsUSA Championship competition in Kansas City, Mo., June 24-28.

“This is an honor for our students, and I am confident they will once again represent Sheridan College and Wyoming well,” Dean of Career and Technical Education Jed Jensen said.

“Our students’ success is a direct reflection of the quality of both instructors and curriculum at Sheridan College,” he added.

All gold-medal winning students, during the state competition in April, have been invited to compete on a national level during the National Leadership and Skills Conference.

The SC students will join some 6,000 technical and career students from around the country.

SC competitors are Grant Belton in precision machining technology, Dakota Hennigh in cabinet making, Preston Walters in carpentry and Scott Avey in technical drafting.

“I’m pretty excited for the championship,” construction technology student Hennigh said. “I’m glad I’m not going into this one completely blind, it is a great experience.”

Hennigh previously attended the national SkillsUSA competition as a high school student.

“Though my classes were geared toward construction, I got great advice from my instructors for cabinet making,” he said.

“Competing at a national level is a great experience for our students,” Jensen said. “The opportunity to meet and interact with peers from around the nation is yet another valuable learning experience.”

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