PHS students earn top marks in Iowa SkillsUSA contests

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PHS competitors in the 2015 Iowa SkilleUSA Conference included Achli Olvera, Adrian Thompson, Alex Stammer, Alex Thompson, Anna Saenz, Brandon Ruiz, Carolyn Robles, Chelsea Krueger, Chloe Gilmore, Chris Rothfus, Christopher Benjamin, Dalton Defenbaugh, Daniel Brinton, David Santacruz, Dax Kresse, Devin Patrick, Emilio Gonzalez, Emily Pace, Erica Tenold, Gabriel Ridnour, Gage Welch, Hannah Sackett, Jacob Quijas, Jacob Murillo, Jairo Murillo, Kaitlyn Barr, Kevin Lopez, Lauren Benjamin, Margaret Lamphier-Meier, Ryley Anderson, Sadee Whitfield, Sheldon Zinnel, Tatjana Sheehy, Timothy Twogood, Tony Le, Tyler Zuber and Zach Barr. Faculty advisors were Darin Steva and Curt Cornelius and chaperone was Cheri Rinner.

Results of the 2015 Iowa SkillsUSA competition were announced Tuesday, and the 38 Perry High School students entered in 23 contests held last week at the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny and the Dallas County Fairgrounds in Adel came home again this year with a large cache of medals.

“All the students represented Perry well by competing hard as well as represented themselves and our school to the highest degree,” said Darin Steva, industrial technology instructor at PHS and one of the faculty advisors accompanying the students.

Fourteen PHS students placed first in their contests and will continue on to the National SkillsUSA contests in Louisville, Ken., in June.

Students taking first-place honors included the team of Tony Le and Gage Welch in digital cinema production, the team of Chelsea Krueger, Devin Patrick and Hannah Sackett in promotional bulletin board, Kaitlyn Barr in criminal justice, Erica Tenold in customer service, Margaret Lamphier-Meier in early childhood education, Ryley Anderson in electrical construction wiring, Kevin Lopez in extemporaneous speaking, Emily Pace in nurse assisting, Alex Stammer in plumbing, David Santacruz in power equipment technology and Lauren Benjamin in national pin design and state T-shirt design.

Seventeen students placed second in their contests. They were Chloe Gilmore in early childhood education, Christopher Benjamin in internetworking, Emily Pace in medical terminology, Sheldon Zinnel in motorcycle service technology, Emilio Gonzalez in power equipment technology, the team of T. J. Sheehy and Sadee Whitfield in promotional bulletin board, the team of Dax Kresse, Hannah Sackett, Erica Tenold, Chelsea Krueger and Adrian Thompson in quiz bowl, Dax Kresse in related technical math, Kaitlyn Barr in national T-shirt design, Chelsea Krueger in state T-shirt design and national pin design and Gabriel Ridnour in technical drafting.

Third place finishers were Kevin Lopez in customer service, Anna Saenz in early childhood education, Tyler Zuber in motorcycle service technology, Brandon Ruiz in power equipment technology, Lauren Benjamin in national T-shirt design Kaitlyn Barr in national pin design and state T-shirt design.

A pair of PHS seniors were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments, commitment and leadership in the Perry Industrial Technology department: Ryley Anderson and Chris Rothfus.

“Their presence, dedication and knowledge will be missed and hard to replace,” Steva said of the seniors.

Thirteen Perry High School were recognized at the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Iowa SkillsUSA Conference Thursday and received Academic Achievement Awards for their high school grades, each earning a Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher. Academic honorees were Alex Thompson, Brandon Ruiz, Chelsea Krueger, David Santacruz, Dax Kresse, Emily Pace, Erica Tenold, Gabriel Ridnour, Hannah Sackett, Jairo Murillo, Lauren Benjamin, Margaret Lamphier-Meier and Timmy Twogood.

Zach Barr of Perry served as a Iowa Skills USA State Officer this year.

“He did great job representing Perry with dedication, passion and loyalty throughout the year and helped to conduct an exciting Opening Ceremony and Awards and Closing Ceremony,” Steva said.

Perry High School saw two students elected as state officers for next year: Daniel Brinton and T. .J. Sheehy.

“A great thing about this activity is that students must work in the concession stand and raise money to cover the costs of attending the events and other expenses connected with this organization, including dues, registration, hotel and transportation,” Steva said. “This is a huge commitment of time and dedication for these students but is well earned as well as worth the time that they must put in.”

The PHS competitors were accompanied by Steva, faculty advisor Curt Cornelius and chaperone Cheri Rinner.

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