Claremore students head to national competitions

Claremore students head to national competitions
Posted on 05/09/2018
Dustin Stewart (Adair) competed in and won the SkillsUSA State Competition for mobile electronics and is now advancing to Nationals in June. Thousands of students from across the nation have been competing in state-wide contests as part of their chosen CareerTech Student Organization, and 11 students from the Northeast Tech Claremore Campus will represent Oklahoma at the national competitions during May and June.

SkillsUSA, Business Professionals of America (BPA) and the HOSA Future Healthcare Professionals are just three of several CareerTech Student Organizations available to students across the nation. Each organization hosts local, state and national competitions in which students put their trade skills to the test against peers from across the country.

“Our board and instructors realize the importance of these competitions, not only for the skills and professional networking opportunities it brings to the students, but also because it expands their world a little bit,” said Northeast Tech Superintendent Fred Probis. “For that reason, our district sends a number of students to the competitions each year.”

Among those going to the SkillsUSA National competition in Louisville are nine students from the Claremore Campus. Representing the pre-engineering, CNC machining and home automation programs, these nine students will represent not only their local district, but the entire state of Oklahoma.

Northeast Tech’s State Champion Quiz Bowl team is made up of seven students from Claremore: Bryce, Goetz, Tyler Boyer, Zach Monahan, Landen Thornton, Jaylen Losh, Brett Behm and Colton O'Brien. These seven classmates will represent Oklahoma in the National SkillsUSA Quiz Bowl Competition.

Meanwhile, in another area of the massive competition arena, Cody Powell (Vinita) will participate in the CNC milling specialist competition, while classmate Dustin Stewart (Adair) will vie for national title in the mobile electronics competition.

“I am nervous about competing on the national level, but I’m looking forward to the challenge and seeing how I do against the other competitors,” said Cody Powell of Vinita.

And rounding out the Northeast Tech delegation of competitors is Whitney Cunningham (Tulsa) and Christopher Orcutt (Claremore) who will travel to Dallas in June to compete in the HOSA National Competition. Both will represent Oklahoma in the CPR First Aid competition.

“The hardest part of the team competition was working in sync with a partner. We each knew our skills, but being prepared to work together in sync was tough,” Cunningham said. “Regarding representing my school and state, I’m excited and grateful for this opportunity.”

Claremore Campus Director Rick Reimer was not at all surprised by the level of success achieved by the students and staff from his campus during the various local and state competitions.

“We strive for excellence in all we do at this campus, and given the amount of work our students and staff put into their training here, I’m not the least bit surprised that their efforts have paid off with multiple state championships,” Reimer said. “Our hope now is they can carry that momentum forward into their national competitions and turn state championships into national championships.”
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