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Francis Howell students chosen to compete at SkillsUSA

By Nez Savala

Fourteen students from with the Francis Howell School District footprint and who attend the Lewis & Clark Career Center are headed to the SkillsUSA Missouri State Leadership and Skills Conference. The students will compete in a variety of technical, hands-on, written and oral events from April 6-8 in Linn, Missouri.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure a skilled workforce and provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education.

The Lewis & Clark Career Center provides career and technical education for St. Charles County juniors and seniors from all five school districts in St. Charles County.

Students who placed first or second in local competitions are automatically eligible to compete at the state level. In some events, a third place designation also qualifies for state. Eight competitors qualified based on their performance on a nationally-normed assessment in their area along with a strong recommendation from their instructor at Lewis & Clark.

The students headed to SkillsUSA are: [from Francis Howell High] Evan Cradick, Computer Repair Tech Information; Christian Groves, Informational Tech Services; Jacob Gehl, Masonry; and Gage Freehill, Welding Construction Teamwork; [from Francis Howell Central] Kayla Luetkenhaus, Nurse Assisting; and Allison Mayfield, Basic Health Care; [from Francis Howell North] Alexis Muller, Nurse Assisting; Chris Nelson, Collision Repair Technology; Hannah Willett, Nurse Assisting Tech Information; Zach Boyce, Welding Fabrication Team; Kenysha Falls, Medical Terminology and Nurse Assisting; Chris Nelson, Collision Repair Tech Information; Kenzy Smith, Nurse Assisting Tech Information; and Kama Struckhoff, Early Childhood Tech; and [homeshooled] Aaron Mudry, Carpentry.

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