SkillsUSA ®

April 19, 2017

Lexington Career and Technical students traveled to Grand Island to compete in Nebraska SkillsUSA. More than 1,500 students from across the state met to compete in approximately 120 contests. Students from Lexington were involved in a number of contests including, Welding, Metal Fabrication, Automotive Service Technology, Mobile Robotics, Power Equipment Technology, and Cabinet Making. This three-day event took a lot of preparation time during, before, and after school. Students would work on contest material as well as their regular course work during the day and put in a number of hours outside the school day to get ready for this three-day event. Each contest consists of a written test and a skills test where the students will have to show their ability in a particular area.  

For the second year in a row Lexington had the state champion Automotive Service Technician. Juan Ortiz won the competition this year and will represent Lexington at the national conference in June in Louisville, Kentucky where he will compete against the winning students from across the United States. We also had the second place finisher in Shielded Metallic Arc Welding, Carlos Aguilar-Velasquez, and third place finisher, Eliseo Alcantar in Automotive Service Technology. 

SkillsUSA is a unique way for our students to see how they rank with other high school students from across the state. The competition also allows students to refine skills that will help them as they transition to their post high school careers. If you know someone who took part in the contest or was a member of this year’s team congratulate them on how they did and ask them about the event. Our students represented the school and community of Lexington in a way we can all be proud of.