SkillsUSA Illinois Results: 2 State Champs

Posted by Kathy Rosenwinkel on 5/1/2017

Twenty-four DuPage area high school students went down to Springfield April 27-29 for the 53rd annual SkillsUSA Illinois State Leadership and Skills Conference. Eight placed first, second, or third in their respective contest divisions while another six placed among the top ten. All are enrolled in a Technology Center of DuPage career program as an elective part of their high school curriculum. They qualified to compete via a written examination back in February.

Two returned state champions: Connor Lavin (Glenbard South), for Welding Sculpture; and Jamie Shorner (Lisle H.S.), in Esthetics (skin care and make-up). Both are now eligible to compete at National SkillsUSA June 19-24 in Louisville, KY.

Lavin is a second year student in the welding program at TCD and submitted a “bonsai tree” creation for the sculpture contest. Competitors had to develop and execute a welded design, prepare a notebook documenting the process, and deliver a presentation to judges about all aspects of the design creation.

The esthetics contest included a written exam, oral skin assessment, sanitation, skin analysis, basic facial demonstration, facial massage, and a beauty and fantasy makeup demo.

Students representing TCD actually swept the esthetics contest. In addition to state champ Jamie, Jacqueline Pawl (Downers Grove South) placed second and Lea Vicari (Lake Park) placed third. All are seniors in TCD’s Cosmetology program.

Other students placing second or third: Kayleigh Quinn (Glenbard North) and Athina Darrus (Downers Grove South) placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively in Cosmetology (hair styling and cutting); Brody Hickey of Downers Grove South earned a silver medal in Auto Refinishing; and senior Bogdana Tomei of Lake Park received a silver medal in Nail Care.

SkillsUSA Illinois is a showcase of career and technical education students. Students, teachers and business partners participate in the multi-day event.

More than 1,000 outstanding career and technical education students competed hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry.