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FVTC Students Win 16 State Awards at SkillsUSA Competitions

A record number of Fox Valley Technical College students won awards at this year’s Wisconsin SkillsUSA 40th annual conference, held in Wisconsin Dells.

FVTC students won 16 medals at the conference, including first-place honors in six categories.  The conference features skill-based competitions designed to build leadership competencies and showcase the talents of high school and college students. FVTC and Madison Area Technical College shared top honors in the state among higher education institutions with 16 total medals.

The following FVTC students represent the college’s list of winners in their respective categories:

First Place Gold Medals:

Ron Aper, Green Bay, Outdoor Power Equipment Technology
Cody Birschbach, Waupun, Industrial Motor Control Technology
Josh Buechel, New Holstein, Marine Service Technology
Brad Dolata, Ripon, Motorcycle Service Technology
Dave Krier. Oshkosh, Electrical Construction Wiring Technology
Melissa Scheuerman, Lakewood, Automotive Refinishing Technology

Second Place Silver Medals:

Kyle Pegarsch, Deerbrook, Outdoor Power Equipment Technology
Jory Prather, Oshkosh, Electrical Construction Wiring Technology
Tanner Roovers, Kaukauna, Collision Repair Technology
Mitch Sommerfeldt, Appleton, Automotive Service Technology
Steven Wargula, Neshkoro, Motorcycle Service Technology

Third Place Bronze Medals:

Derek Funk, Rhinelander, Outdoor Power Equipment Technology
Josh Heitpas, Hortonville, Motorcycle Service Technology
Robert Kust, Kaukauna, Industrial Motor Control Technology
Travis Seefeldt, Clarks Mills, Diesel Service Technology
Jake Vandenberg, Little Chute, Automotive Service Technology

All gold medal winners will advance to the national SkillsUSA competitions, to be held in Kansas City on June 24-28.

In addition, Vicky Barke, director of Student Life at FVTC, earned the Technology Literacy Award from SkillsUSA for her efforts in organizing and conducting a leadership conference on careers and technology.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry dedicated to developing a skilled workforce in America.