Lake Area Tech Students Place at State SkillsUSA Competition

For immediate release

May 8, 2019

WATERTOWN, SD – Students from the Lake Area Technical Institute SkillsUSA Chapter recently competed in the South Dakota State Leadership and Skills Conference competition held on the campus of Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, SD, and at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown for the Criminal Justice and Computer Programming portions of the competition. Congratulations to the following Lake Area Tech students who placed in their respective categories:

First Place:

Joseph Scholberg (Ortonville, MN) Automotive Service Technology; Joshua Ramse (Watertown, SD) Computer Programming; Mitchell Halling (Watertown, SD) Internetworking; Raechel Seidel (Lemmon, SD) Pin & T-Shirt Design and Job Interview; Morgan Johnson (Madison, SD), Raechel Seidel (Lemmon, SD) Kaitlyn Reimer (Lemmon, SD) and Blake Murphy (Goodwin, SD) Quiz Bowl; Eric Mohr (Renner, SD) Welding Sculpture and Andrew Byrd (Watertown, SD) Criminal Justice

Second Place:

Andrew Crocker (Watertown, SD) Automotive Refinishing Technology; Jacob Heyd (LaMoure, ND) Collision Repair Technology; Mostafa Farahani (Watertown, SD) Computer Programming; Austin Simpson (Colorado Springs, CO) Diesel Equipment Technology; Noah Fullmer (Aberdeen, SD) Information Technology Services; Joseph Polzin (Herman, MN) Internetworking; Morgan Johnson ( Madison, SD) Job Interview; Kristoffer Severtson (Kenneth, MN), Grayden Thompson (Alden, MN) and Taylor Hanson (Clear Lake, SD) Welding Fabrication; Grigory Little (Watertown, SD) Welding Sculpture and Tanner Schiferl (Fordyce, NE) Criminal Justice

Third Place:

Tyler Witchey (Webster, SD) Computer Programming; Garrett Salonen (Gregory, SD) Diesel Equipment Technology; Steven Wallert (Clear Lake, SD) Information Technology Services; Ryen Lindner (Watertown, SD) Internetworking; Caleb Kost (Aberdeen, SD), Jesse Michel (Dell Rapids, SD), Logan Arends (Watertown, SD) and Ethan Howard (Huron, SD) Teamworks; Kaleb Bossuyt (Marshall, MN) Welding; Taylor Hanson (Clear Lake, SD) Welding Sculpture and Austin Kurkowski (Watertown, SD) Criminal Justice

All first place recipients are eligible to advance to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference June 24-28 in Louisville, KY, where more than 6,500 career and technical education students will compete. SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves trade, industrial, technical, and health occupations students in high schools and postsecondary technical institutes.