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April 1, 2010

ACJVS hosts SkillsUSA regional contests

JEFFERSON — It has been a very busy time for the Ashtabula County Joint Vocational School. On March 6 the Skills USA regional competitions took place at the campus. Schools from all over the northeast region of Ohio came to compete in various competitions that challenge them in the field they are working in, such as welding, cosmetology and graphic communications. Registration began bright and early at 7 a.m. and the events began at 8 a.m.

Students were given time limits to complete their skill competitions. The festivities continued throughout the morning and ended at approximately 11 a.m., and then lunch took place. Special thanks to Domino’s Pizza for all of the personal pan pizzas that the contestants enjoyed. At the end of lunch, students enjoyed each other’s company and met some of their competitors. After many new friendships were made it was time to end the day by announcing the winners of each competition.

The winners received Olympic-style medals, bronze for third place, silver for second and gold for first place. If a competitor placed in the top three, he or she was invited to compete at the state level, which is held in Columbus.

Many ACJVS students enjoyed success at the competition and, together with automatic state qualifiers, the ACJVS will be sending 105 students to state contests.

ACJVS Northeast Regional contestants moving on to state contests, home school and place:

Advertising design, Luis Roman, graphics communications, Lakeside, second place; architectural drafting, Aaron Potter, design drafting, Lakeside, fourth/alternate; automotive refinishing, Jason Folk, auto  collision, Geneva, second; automotive service tech, James Grogan, auto tech, Grand Valley, first place; basic health care, Matt Painter, Health Care Technology II, Edgewood, third; carpentry, Zach Hamilton, Lakeside, fourth/alternate; collision repair tech, Kashif Nicks, auto collision, Jefferson, third; criminal justice, Clark Huff, public safety, Pymatuning Valley, third; extemporaneous speaking, Mitch Irish, Electricity I, Jefferson, second; first aid/CPR, Charris Champine, HCT I, Conneaut, third; Health Knowledge Bowl: Tiffany Cogar, Lakeside, Holly Stanley, Lakeside, Kayla Webber, Grand Valley, and Brooke Bateman, Conneaut, HCT, third place;

Industrial motor control, David Ketola, electricity, Jefferson, first; job interview, Brigitte Hamilton, cosmetology, Edgewood, third; job skill demo A, Joe Curry, graphics, Conneaut, second; nail care, Lakesha Gilbert, cosmetology, Lakeside, third; nail care model, Marissa Powers, cosmetology, Lakeside; nurse assisting, Sarah Focht, HCT II, Jefferson, fourth/ alternate; nurse assisting, Carrie Douglas, HCT, Conneaut, third; prepared speech, Kirsten Weisgar-ber, HCT I, Howland, second; promotional bulletin board: Stephanie Cole, Jefferson, Samantha Olah, Grand Valley, and  Erin Akos, Ledgemont, graphics, second; residential wiring, Mike Rusnak, electricity, Ledgemont, fourth/alternate; team works: Zach Honkonen, masonry, Conneaut, John Ball, electricity, Grand Valley, Justin Hudson, carpentry, Geneva, and Daniel Welker, Conneaut, second; technical drafting, Craig Johnson, design drafting, Conneaut, third; welding, James Myers, Grand Valley, second.

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