Area High School Students Compete in SkillsUSA Competitions at WKCTC

Twelve area high school students were on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) on February 14 to participate in the SkillsUSA regional automotive refinishing technology and collision repair technology competitions.

The twelve participating students represented Marshall County Technical Center (MCTC) and Paducah Area Technology Center (PATC). Students were tested in auto collision repair and auto refinishing and each student had to perform a list of prescribed tasks within a given time.

Marshall County students took first place in both competitions.  Bradley Senholtz won the auto collision repair category and Adam Laverdi won the auto-finishing category.  Each one a $500 scholarship toward any WKCTC applied technologies program. Both will now move on to the state competition in Louisville. Second and third place winners of the regional competition will also have a chance to compete in Louisville.

“I am so proud of all my students,” said William York, Marshall County Technical Center (MCTC) collision repair instructor.  “I hold them to a high technical standard and work to make sure they are prepared for industry.  This competition is excellent practice for them, and the facilities here at WKCTC are top-notch.”

Senholtz and Dustin Darnell, a MCTC student who placed second in auto-refinishing, were awarded the first “Mr. D” award in honor of Larry DeJournett, a 27-year Paducah Area Technology Center auto body instructor who passed away last fall. The award is given to students who exhibit dedication and excellence in their competition category.

 “The award was a surprise to me, and I felt deeply touched and honored,” said Paducah Area Technology Center Principal, Donald Wann.  It was as much an honor to Larry DeJournett and his family as it was to the two to the two young men that received the award.”

West Kentucky Community and Technical College is proud to once again host the SkillsUSA competition for high students,” said Craig Dickerson, WKCTC collision repair technology program coordinator. “These students are the best of the best at their age level, and I’d be proud to have any one of them come to WKCTC after graduation.”

SKillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry helps insure a skilled workforce for tomorrow, and we are happy to be a part of it, added Dickerson.  Representatives from the auto repair Industry judged the competition.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

High school students from area technology centers will be on campus on February 21 for a SkillsUSA Competition in precision machining and at the Skilled Craft Training Center on February 28 for welding, carpentry and automotive competitions.