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Lake Area Tech Students Place at State SkillsUSA Competition

Posted on: April 19, 2023   |   Category: News
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For immediate release
April 19, 2023

WATERTOWN, SD – Students from the Lake Area Technical College SkillsUSA Chapter recently competed in the South Dakota State Leadership and Skills Conference competition hosted by Western Dakota Technical College in Rapid City, SD. Congratulations to the following Lake Area Tech students who placed in their respective categories:

Gold – First Place

Matthew Koopmans (Watertown, SD) Job Interview; Isaac Lehman (Pierre, SD) Welding Individual; and Hannah Gustafson (Groton, SD) Welding Sculpture

Silver – Second Place

Nick Litterick (Howard, SD) Collision Repair Technology and Shabri Sylvester (Custer, SD) Welding Sculpture

Bronze – Third Place

Evan Stromsness (Clark, SD) Automotive Refinishing; Nicolas Taylor (Ottowa, IL) Welding Individual; Halle Nickelson (Lynd, MN) Welding Sculpture; and Sean Elbers (Steen, MN), Hayse Steffen (Clark, SD), and Casey Kueter (Hills, MN) Welding Team Fabrication

All first-place recipients are eligible to advance to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference June 19-23 in Atlanta, Georgia, 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 colleges.