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Career Center students compete at National SkillsUSA Conference

Area Career Center of Hammond students participating in National SkillsUSA competition at the state level are, front row from left, Natasha Haluska in Screen Printing, Reyna Garza in Early Childhood Education, and Cassidy Cadle and Jason Corral in Crime Scene Investigation, all in first place; back row, Adam Spanier, of Whiting High School, third place in Cabinet Making; Corteay Johnson, of Hammond Gavit High School, third in Collision Repair; Griffin Grider, first in Industrial Motor; Austin Kostoff, Nick Mosqueda and Michael Tobin, first in Teamworks; and Ryan Kovacik, first in Crime Scene Investigation. Not pictured is Ty White, a member of the Teamworks group. First place winners advanced to state competition this week in Kentucky.

HAMMOND | Ten students from the Area Career Center of Hammond in Career & Technical Education programs  are competing this week at the National SkillsUSA Conference in Louisville, Ky. 

They earned the trip by winning a Regional contest at the Area Center of Hammond and Elkhart Career Center, advancing to the state level in Indianapolis where the students had to place first in order to qualify for nationals in categories Construction Technology, Criminal Justice & Law, Early Childhood Education, Graphic Arts/Digital Imaging, and Industrial Maintenance/ Welding.

The Construction Technology students were vying for first place in Teamworks against nine other teams from across the state. Intense focus is required for six hours while being judged completing a project from the wood framing of a structure to the electrical, masonry, and plumbing work, as well as, tearing down the structure and cleanliness in the work area.

Contestants in Industrial Maintenance/Welding competed in Industrial Motor, with both a written test and a project that required troubleshooting circuitry and conduit bending.

Early Childhood Education competitors selected a child’s storybook appropriate for 3- to 5-year-olds and developed a lesson plan and activity, then presented the interactive storybook to a panel of judges and pass a written exam.

Competitors in Criminal Justice & Law work in a team of three to determine the best way to process and collect evidence at a given crime scene, processed for fingerprints and trace evidence, properly preserve and inventory the items and turn in a report that outlined their actions.

The Graphic Arts & Digital Imaging contest was based on making a screen print within a specific time frame, and meeting the requirements of the process, quality control, and a written and oral professional assessment.

Competing at the National SkillsUSA Conference in Louisville are:

  • Teamworks - Austin Kostoff and Michael Tobin, both of Highland High school, and Nick Mosqueda and Ty White, both of Griffith High School.
  • Industrial Motor - Griffin Grider of Highland High
  • Early Childhood Education - Reyna Garza of Whiting High School
  • Crime Scene Investigation - Cassidy Cadle and Jason Corral, both of Whiting High, and Ryan Kovacik of Highland High
  • Screen Printing - Natasha Haluska of Highland High