SHERIDAN — Local students got to put their experience to good use recently.
Aaron Baker, a junior at Sheridan High School and Matthew Hansen, a junior at Big Horn High School took first place at the state SkillsUSA competition April 15 and now will go on to participate in the SkillsUSA national competition June 24-29 in Kansas City, Mo.
Baker took first in computer maintenence and Hansen took first in cabinet making at the state meet.
According to a press release from Bret Layher, SkillsUSA advisor for Big Horn, “SkillsUSA chapters help students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations excel.”
“We are very proud of Matt,” Layher continued. “All of the students that participated in the competition are true champions in their dedication to excellence in their trade and their leadership skills.”
Baker said he has been working with computers for five years and has previously worked at BusTech computers and is a member of the Sheridan Programmers Guild.
He said he was required to install a computer system and check all the computer’s components during the morning portion of the event. In the afternoon, he was asked to reformat a hard drive.
“I am actually really happy (to be going to nationals) and surprised to be honest,” Baker said. “There were quite a few other kids there.”
Other place winners include Jack Granger, Sheridan High School, second place, cabinet making; Sierra Orlandi, Sheridan High School, third place, preschool teaching assistant; Braden Clemens, Big Horn, third place, cabinet making; and Kevin Coffman, Big Horn, third place, cabinet making.