Career and technical education students across the state came together on April 11th and 12th for the Illinois SkillsUSA in Springfield.
Kaskaskia College was represented in Springfield by 23 students and nine advisors with nine gold medals, 5 silver medals, two bronze medals and five students received honorable recognition for the state.
In addition, KC received an Illinois SkillsUSA 2nd place membership growth award. KC career and technical participating students included William Bebatin of Pocahontas with a gold an Josh Sloat of Centralia with a silver in carpentry.
Ken Michael of Salem received gold in computer maintenance technology, while Michael “Colton” White of Central City got gold in computer programming.
Jonathon Beavers of Carlyle won gold in cosmetology and Alicia Hanks of Central City won gold in cosmetology model.
Cody Gill of Hoffman was awarded gold and Ryan Wilkerson of Odin was awarded silver in criminal justice.
Jonathan Stanton of Centralia received bronze in culinary arts, while Michael Smith of Nashville received silver and Joseph Watson of Salem received bronze in internetworking.
Kelsey Knott of Carlyle brought home gold and Erica Dumstorff of Breese brought home silver in nail care.
Also, Brianna Holtz of Breese won gold and Taylor Kauhl of highland won silver in nail care model. Brian Winnett, of Salem, brought home gold in technical computer applications.
Students placing first in state competition will now compete nationally in June at the SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Illinois Association of SkillsUSA is a state association affiliated with national SkillsUSA, an organization serving high school, college and professional members who are enrolled in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. The Illinois association was one of the founding states of the national organization in 1965.