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Francis Howell students excel at career conference

Ten Francis Howell School District students representing the Lewis & Clark Career Center medaled at the SkillsUSA Missouri State Leadership and Skills Conference.

Jimmy Johnson of Francis Howell High, Mason Aguilar of Francis Howell Central and Amanda Hasenbeck of Francis Howell North will represent Missouri at the national competition in June after earning first-place gold medals in the HVAC sheet metal, power equipment technology and medical terminology competitions. It will be Aguilar’s second trip to nationals after having won the competition last year as a junior.

Dalton Schmidt, of Howell High, won first place in HVAC tech info and Logan Bowers, of Francis Howell North, captured gold in the brick/masonry tech written exam. Skyler Hance, of Francis Howell North, took second place in basic health care and medical terminology. Third place winners included Anthony Ludwig, of Francis Howell Central, as a part of the Construction Teamworks team; Elizabeth Bequette, of Francis Howell Central, in technical computer applications; Sean Barker, of Howell High, with the Quiz Bowl team; and Austin Winkle, of Francis Howell North, who placed third in both the HVAC sheet metal and written HVAC tech information exam.

Lewis & Clark fielded 66 competitors in 81 different competitions for the conference to collect 32 medals overall. Six students, including Johnson, Aguilar and Hasenbeck, will move on to the national competition.

“We are extremely proud of all of our competitors and excited to see Jimmy, Mason, and Amanda represent Missouri at Nationals,” Dr. Andrew M. Stewart, director of the Lewis & Clark Career Center, said. “These champions epitomize the best of Lewis & Clark.”

SkillsUSA is an applied method for preparing workers in career technical programs and providing educational experiences. The Lewis & Clark Career Center provides career and technical education for juniors and seniors from all five school districts in St. Charles County.

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