Nicholas Conrad is from a small town in Illinois, trying to get a good education so that he can make an honest living and have a good life. Welding is something he has always found interesting. SkillsUSA has really opened his eyes and made Nicholas realize there are lots of opportunities out there. Jeremy is a hard worker and loves what he does. Nicholas would like to own a custom fabrication shop with his brother one day. SkillsUSA has made him realize that he's good at what he does and that there are a lot of good welders out there. In the future I would like to work on a pipeline. Cameron Monarch works hard and works for Ranken Technical College as a student worker. SkillsUSA has made Cameron realize that he's better than he once thought and that he can accomplish anything with a good team. Cameron plans to get his CWI and work for the railroad.
I really wanted to do skills this year so I decided to do welding fabrication team. I had asked a couple of other friends in my class if they wanted to do it with me but they said they already had a team so I picked two of my good friends who I could rely on and knew that they were top if the class welders. We were all very dedicated to practice and winning. I also picked them because I knew we would all work well together. We also had not argued one time. We had an amazing time at states and at nationals.
Matthew Canterbury, Austin McAllister and Cole Murray attended Jackson River Technical Center in Covington, Virginia. They were gold medalists in the 2013 National SkillsUSA competition. Their teacher at the Jackson River Technical Center was James Huffman.
Jacob Stidwell, Michelle Vought and Evan Wieczorek attended Oakland Schools Technical Center (NE Campus) in Pontiac, Michigan. They were gold medalists in the 2013 National SkillsUSA competition. Their instructor at the Oakland Schools Technical Center was Steve Langdon.
Neil Clapperton, April Reutter and Steve Wilczewski attended Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They were gold medalists in the 2013 National SkillsUSA competition. Their professors at Washtenaw Community were Ashley Webel and Glenn Kay.
We became a team this year and really got along. Having much more to learn we plan on keeping welding in our future. Daniel Bayona has attended the welding program for two years. Daniel has learned so much in these years from Mr. Pixley. Jesse Dominguez has been in Mr. Pixely’s class for 2 years now and really enjoys welding. Jesse plans to pursue a career in welding. Misael Lopez attends the welding program taught by Mr. Pixley at Kofa High School in Yuma Az. Misael has been welding for three years now, and plans to keep on welding after high school.
Mr. Castillo, Mr, Smart, and Mr, Robles are graduates of Kofa High School and are pursuing A.A.S degrees in Welding Technology at Arizona Western College. They were gold medalists in the 2013 National SkillsUSA competition. Arizona Western is located in Yuma, Arizona. Their professor at Arizona Western College was Samuel Colton.