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“I didn’t expect to make it a career,” she said.
After attending construction classes for two hours each school day for most of the academic year, she’s now considering pursuing a construction management degree. She came to enjoy the field so much because of the sense of accomplishment that comes from building something herself.
“I like being able to work on something and look at the finished product,” Daniel said.
On Friday, she was among more than 100 high school students from across the region who competed in the SkillsUSA Region 4 Competition at Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College and the Kentucky Transpark. SkillsUSA, a career and technical student organization, offered contests in 52 categories, ranging from technical areas such as carpentry and welding to skills like writing and extemporaneous speaking. Winners in each category will advance to the state competition in April in Louisville.
The motto for this year’s competition is “prepared and skilled to lead America,” said Melissa Jones, SkillsUSA region 4 coordinator.
“It gives (students) a chance to show the dynamic skills they’re learning in their programs,” she said. “It gives them the spirit of competition, and it allows them to serve as leaders to their peers as examples.”
John Richardson, 17, a South Warren senior, competed in the automotive category after taking automotive classes at the Warren County ATC this school year.
“I sort of wish I had more years so I could come back, but I’m graduating in May,” he said. “It’s really fun. You get your hands dirty and learn some new stuff.”
Troy Cox, 18, another South Warren senior, competed in tool identification. He said he enjoys learning real-world skills like construction because it’s cool to create something from nothing but a pile of wood.
“I like working with my hands and building stuff,” he said.
Though Tristan White, 17, a senior at Todd County Central High School, competed in tool identification, he prefers machining.
“We can make anything out of metal,” he said.
He takes classes in machining at Russellville Area Technology Center.
“I tried it out, and I really like it,” White said.
Winner from this year’s District 4 competition were:
Architectural Board Drafting
Automotive Service Tech
Computer Maintenance Technician
Construction Tool Identification
Electrical Construction Wiring
Jobs Skills Demonstrations
Jobs Skills Open
Opening and Closing
Patriotic Salute to America
Prepared Speech –
Promotional Bulletin Board –
Related Technical Math
Technical Board Drafting