Warren County students medal at Skills USA state competition

Several local students competed at the state level in Skills USA.

Out of 16 students competing, 11 won medals, said Skills advisor Jessica Tundel. Gold medal winners were Caleb Eyler (Collision Repair Technology), Makala Bowman, Katie Haight, and Desirae McMillen (Crime Scene Investigation).

Bowman and Haight are both juniors in the Protective Services program at the Warren County Career Center. They agreed that the most exciting part of competing at states was hearing their names being called as winners. McMillen and Eyler were both unavailable Wednesday to comment, but Bowman, Haight, and Protective Services student Trenton Wills, who placed eighth in Criminal Justice said that the Crime Scene Investigation event included photographing a mock scene, measurements with triangulation, and completing a sketch among other things.

Silver medal winners included Austin Sampson (Precision Machining), and Bailey Brucker, Bryanna Hesslink, Emma Bailey, Riley Horner, and Gavin Horner (Quiz Bowl).

One student, Justin Hagberg (Automotive Refinishing Technology), brought home the bronze medal.

Additional winners included: Branden Gourley (Collision Damage Appraisal Total Loss Evaluation fifth place); Jeremiah Johnson (Marine Service Technology sixth place); Ian Morse (Motorcycle Service Technology sixth place); Ashley Kuzminski (Welding Sculpture twelfth place).