The state competition took place April 16 and 17 at the Columbus Convention Center. It allowed students to showcase the skills they have learned in their career tech programs.
In the individual events, Samuel Vanderpool (a Norwalk High School enrolled in the criminal justice program) placed first in a criminal justice competition and Maxwell McMurray (Bellevue, electrical tech) placed first in customer service.
In the team events, the trio of Brandon Missler (Norwalk), Jonnathen Arnold (Western Reserve) and Chad Rodrizuez (Huron) placed first in the automated manufacturing event. All three students are enrolled in the engineering tech program.
The five students now advance to the SkillsUSA national competition, which will take place in June in Louisville, Ky.
Another 16 EHOVE students finished in second or third place in their competition categories at the state level.
EHOVE students participate in student organizations and the competitions to experience the leadership opportunities, community service work, chance to apply the career field skills they’ve learned, and professional connections and opportunities.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The Ohio chapter provides its 31,500 career-technical education members, which includes many EHOVE students, the opportunity to participate in local, regional, state and national competitive events and encourages students to give back to the community through various community service activities.