Pioneer Student Wins Gold at 2021 Ohio SkillsUSA Championships

Pioneer Student Wins Gold at 2021 Ohio SkillsUSA Championships

The 2021 Ohio SkillsUSA Championships occurred from March 4 to April 28.  Twenty-one Pioneer Career and Technology Center students competed in the historical competition hosted by the Ohio SkillsUSA organization. Ohio SkillsUSA contests were held in a variety of venues all over the state including Live Off-Site, Live In-School Judged, Live In-School Proctored and Live In-School Virtual. 


The results of the two month long contest were presented as a live-streamed Awards Ceremony on the Ohio SkillsUSA YouTube Channel on April 30, 2021. Clay Hoffman, an Industrial Diesel senior from Crestview High School, won the gold medal in the Diesel Equipment Technology competition. Payton Sturts, a Precision Machining Technologies junior from Lucas High School won the silver medal in the Precision Machining contest. Graham Geissman, a Masonry junior from Buckeye Central High School, earned a silver medal in the Masonry contest. Pioneer Career and Technology Center earned Quality Chapter in the SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program.  Hoffman, as a gold medal winner has the opportunity to represent Ohio in the SkillsUSA’s National Championships which will be held virtually June 14-18, 2021, with localized hands-on elements for select competitions. 


Hoffman competed on April 17, 2021 at the American Diesel Training Center in Columbus, Ohio. The purpose of the contest was to evaluate each contestant's preparation for employment and to recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the field of diesel equipment technology. Eleven contestants competed in the 4-hour contest, showcasing their knowledge of diesel repair at thirteen stations which included: 1. Fluid Power/Mechanics; 2. Drivetrain; 3. DDE station-Tune-up, Assembly, Precision Instruments; 4. Cummins Station-Tune-up, Assembly, Precision Instruments; 5. Job Interview Skills; 6. TrailerPM/Defect; 7. Brakes/Wheel End/ABS; 8. Live Tractor Troubleshooting; 9. Tire Wear/Failure Analysis; 10. Small Tasks Assemble Aero-Quip Hose, Drill/Tap, Soldering, Flaring, etc.; 11. Electrical; 12. Air Conditioning; 13. Electronic Engine Management Systems.


Additional competitors include: Jillian Ericsson (senior in Collision Repair, Plymouth/Homeschool) in the Automotive Refinishing Technology contest; Dominic Pittman (senior in Collision Repair, Galion High School) in the Collision Repair Technology contest; Luke Donahue (junior in Engineering Design Technology, Shelby High School) in the Technical Drafting contest; Jaren Gordon (junior in Criminal Justice, Colonel Crawford High School) and Quentin Skropits (junior in Criminal Justice, Ontario High School) in the Criminal Justice contest; McKenna Stoffer (senior in Performing Arts, Ontario High School) and Gavin Hull (senior in Performing Arts, Ontario High School) in the Prepared Speech contest; Zavier Alterio (junior in Performing Arts, Lexington High School) in the Extemporaneous Speaking contest; Curran Rose (senior in Industrial Electricity, Lexington High School) in the Job Skills Demonstration A contest; Peyton Bardon (senior in Precision Machining Technologies, Wynford High School),  Lorenzo Nunez  (senior in Homeland Security, Willard High School), and Bradley Watt (junior in Home Remodeling, Lucas High School) in the Related Technical Math contest.


Competing as teams: the team of Allison Johnson (senior in Criminal Justice, Colonel Crawford High School), Jarrod Lemley (senior in Criminal Justice, Shelby High School) and Kaycee Smith (senior in Criminal Justice, Wynford High School) in the Crime Scene Investigation contest; the team of Chase Easterday (junior in Precision Machining Technologies, Wynford High School),  Logan Fraizer (junior in Engineering Design Technology, Lexington High School), and Wyatt Martin (junior in Precision Machining Technologies, Buckeye Central High School) in the Automated Manufacturing contest.

SkillsUSA, a Career Technical Student Organization, is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. A nonprofit national education association, SkillsUSA serves middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.  

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