June 26, 2024

St. Clair County Technical Education Center students brought home 18 medals at the state SkillsUSA Leadership Conference that took place April 8 to 10 in Grand Rapids.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving more than 310,000 high school and college students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, a recent press release from the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency states. The SkillsUSA competition is an annual event designed to gauge students’ mastery of various career-oriented skills and showcase the nation’s best career and technical education students.

Forty-one TEC students from eight programs competed at the state-level competition. The gold medal winners will be advancing to the National SkillsUSA competition in Atlanta, Georgia, from June 20 to 24.

“Congratulations to our SkillsUSA participants for their hard work during after-school practice sessions with dedicated TEC instructors and paraprofessionals,” the release states.

Jacob McEachin, a senior at Port Huron Northern High School, won gold in Automotive Service Technology Overall. Automotive technology instructors include Jason Belfinger and Brian Hunter and paraprofessionals include Alex Super and Wayne McClelland.

CJ Miller, a junior at Virtual Learning Academy, won silver in Electrical Construction Wiring. The construction trades instructor is Ken Sygit and the paraprofessional is Caleb Howell.

For Cosmetology Overall, Courtney Barber, a senior at Marysville High School, won silver, and Brianna Snyder, a senior at Port Huron Northern High School, won bronze. For Cosmetology Mannequin, Maggie Tanton, a junior at Blue Water Middle College Academy, won gold, and Rebekah Schmaltz, a junior at Marysville High School, won bronze.

For Esthetics, Emma O’Connell, a senior at Yale High School, won gold with Port Huron Northern High School senior Skylar Soulliere as her model and Sienna Guerrero-Brown, a senior at the East China Virtual Academy, won silver with Marysville High School senior Lily Ingles as her model.

For Nail Care, Sierra Kelly, a senior at Marysville High School, won gold with Memphis High School senior Hannah Gombos as her model and Taylor Colston, a senior at Port Huron High School, won bronze with Capac High School senior Peyton Rowley as her model.

Cosmetology instructors include Alecia Klein, Beth Koski and Sue Colman and paraprofessionals include Kara Randall and Tina Ponessa.

Danielle Liebetreu, a senior at St. Clair High School, won silver in Pin Design. The digital media technology instructor is Chad Kubik and the paraprofessional is Ann Frederick.

William Wideman, a senior at Memphis High School, won gold in CNC Technician. Curtis Dresser, a senior at Port Huron Northern High School, won gold in CNC Turning. The metal machining technology instructor is Duane Emig and the paraprofessional is Marv Koob.

Jason Sanday, a senior at Yale High School, won bronze in Welding Overall. The welding instructor is Becca Robertson and the paraprofessional is James Lay.

The St. Clair County TEC is operated by the St. Clair County RESA. TEC provides career-oriented programs to high school juniors and seniors and offers programs on- and off-site. Programs provide students the opportunity to earn high school elective and academic credit, college credit and state certification.

For more information, visit sctec.org or facebook.com/stclairtec.

St. Clair County TEC students bring home 18 medals at state competition