SkillsUSA State Champions

The Upper Valley Career Center had great success at the SkillsUSA 2024 State Competition held April 9 and 10 in Columbus. Fourteen UVCC students finished in the top three and the school was announced as one in 24 nationally recognized  SkillsUSA  Models of Excellence.

The gold medal winners are  Ohio’s champion in their area of individual or team competition and will be invited to compete at the National Competition this June. The UVCC first place finishers are Mirada Evans and Jack Chappie, Mechatronics; Landon Grunow, Graphic Communication; Alex Frohna and  Devon Abshire, Robotics and Automation; Wyatt Royse, Sheet Metal and Andrea Jutte, Horticulture.

Silver Medals were  earned by Luke Gilbert, Maintenance and Light Repair;  Tayler Klosterman, Cosmetology;  and Molly Lavins, Photography. 

Simon Baker, Technical Drafting; Lucas Jacobs, Maintenance and Light Repair; Cooper Gambrell, Horticulture and Trace Nichwitz, Related Technical Math brought home a bronze medal for their third place finish in their respective field.

Other UVCC students qualified to compete at the State level by placing at the top in local and regional competitions: Alanna Demoss, Auto Refinishing; Isaac Kinder, Carpentry, Gage Gambill, CNC; Owen Walter and Justice Price, Computer Programing; Tabitha Gratz, Customer Service; Bradyn Frilling, Electrical Construction Wiring; Summer Clark, Esthetics;  Carson Lundy, Extemporaneous Speech; Kaden Walling, Graphic Communication; Becca Flory and Jackson Hemmert, Horticulture; Alexander Frew, Industrial Motor Control; Eric Keener and Teegan Shoe, Mechatronics 2; Samantha Marlow, Medical Terminology; Luke Gilbert, MLR; Annie Fitch, Nail Care; Mary York, nail Care Model B; Quiz Bowl - Brayden Holtvogt, Peyton Wendel, Ava Woodruff, Julia Huelskamp and Lincoln Frilling; Alex Frohna and Devon Abshire, Robotics and Automation; Simon Baker, Technical Drafting; Jacob Poeppelman and Jackson Steinke, Welding Sculpture.