LATI Students Place at SkillsUSA Competition

WATERTOWN, SD – Students from the Lake Area Technical Institute SkillsUSA Chapter recently competed in the South Dakota SkillsUSA annual competition held at Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, SD. Lake Area Tech students received 11 first place, 10 second place, and six third place honors. Congratulations to the following students who placed in their respective categories:

First Place:
Norwood Nelson (Watertown, SD), Automotive Service; Huston Heitkamp (Adrian, SD), Cabinet Making
Jordon Spilde (Watertown, SD), Carpentry; Brian Swier (Ramona, SD), Diesel Equipment
Kris Martens (Goodwin, SD), Internetworking; Jacob Coners (Hendricks, MN), Welding Sculpture
Jared Engwicht (Oaks, ND), Precision Machining; Phil Luke (Marion, SD), CNC Turning
Adam Rasmussen (Ivanhoe, MN), CNC Milling
Jordon Spilde, Branden Thyen (Waverly, SD), Brandon Foote (Watertown, SD), Brandon Carpenter (Dell Rapids, SD) – Building Trades Team Works
Holden Shillingstad (Mobridge, SD), Devon Dobbs, (Browns Valley, MN), Ira Sherman (Tea, SD) – Welding Fabrication Team

Second Place:
Luke McWhorter (Watertown, SD), Collision Repair; Jordan Monnier (Brandt, SD), Automotive Service
Branden Thyen (Waverly, SD),, Cabinet Making; Phillip Ronke (Watertown, SD), Carpentry
Seth Carston (Kimball, SD), Power Equipment; Jonathan Boerger (White, SD), Welding
Justin Moes (Kranzburg, SD), Welding Sculpture; Morgan Bartell (Bristol, SD), CNC Milling
Scott Moeller (Watertown, SD), Phillip Ronke, Ethan Urban (Watertown, SD), Will Jones (Miller, SD) – Building Trades Team Works
Cody Palmquist (Carpenter, SD), Jared Gill (Java, SD), Andrew Hoffman (Leola, SD) – Welding Fabrication Team

Third Place:
Landon Broek (Watertown, SD), Auto Refinishing; Travis Larson (Watertown, SD), Collision Repair
Casey Hanson (Glenham, SD), Automotive Service; Riley Mohr (Florence, SD), Cabinet Making
Brandon Carpenter ( Dells Rapids, SD), Carpentry; Derek Heisinger (Parkston, SD), Power Equipment

All first place recipients will advance to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference June 24-28, in Kansas City where nearly 6,000 students will compete. SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves trade, industrial, technical, and health occupations students in high schools and postsecondary technical institutes. Nationally, there are 300,000 student members.