Five state champs crowned at Skills USA contest

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Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:00 am

The Gretna High School Skills USA chapter crowned five state champions out of 16 entries at the State Leadership and Skills Conference April 16 to 18 at the CenturyLink Center.

The five state champions will advance to the National Competition June 23 to 29 in Kansas City, Mo., to compete head to head against the other 49 state winners.

“It is good to see our students having success when competing against students just like them from other schools across the state,” advisor Jason Novotny said. “It shows we are doing the right things in the classroom to prepare them to be successful in the real world.”

The five state champions were: Jarrod Whittaker in mobile electronics technology (his third straight state title in the event), Ben Karloff in motorcycle service, Kyle Moore in power equipment technology, Dan Riha in electrical construction wiring and Bryce Schreiner in carpentry.

Novotny was also named the Nebraska’s advisor of the year.

Two other Gretna students just missed out on the top spot, as Reann Schreiner finished second in power equipment technology and Tanner Stock finished second in cabinetmaking.

The other state placers were: Jake McNeese (sixth cabinetmaking), Jacob Lamphear (sixth in photography), Ryan Sedlacek (eighth in extemporaneous speaking and ninth in mig welding), Dustin Withers (10th in automotive service), Jamie Kerwin (10th in mig welding), Dan Andersen (11th in carpentry), Kolton Radtke (13th in mig welding), Maddie Dierkhising (15th in commercial baking), Nick Beck (21st in mig welding).

Kerwin and Whittaker were also elected as state officers for next year.

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