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Students compete at national conference

By: Jessica Meszaros


Local students Jimmy Johnson from Francis Howell High, Mason Aguilar from Francis Howell Central and Amanda Hasenbeck from Francis Howell North traveled to Louisville in June for the SkillsUSA’s 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference.

Johnson finished eighth in the nation in HVAC Sheet Metal, Aguilar finished eleventh in Power Equipment Technology, and Hasenbeck finished twenty-second in the nation in Medical Terminology. More than 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders and representatives from 600 national corporations and labor unions participated in the event, which is also the world’s largest showcase of skilled trades and skill competitions.

The invitation-only event was for the first place state finishers in 100 competition areas for career and technical students. Johnson, Aguilar, and Hasenbeck all qualified after earning gold medals at the state competition in April. Johnson is also a Lewis & Clark graduate who is pursuing a career in the HVAC field. Aguilar is a two-time national competitor who is joining the Air Force. Hasenbeck completed the Health Occupations course at Lewis & Clark during her junior year and will return to Francis Howell North for her senior year.

“All the kids did remarkably well in the face of intense competition,” Dr. Andrew Stewart, director of the Lewis & Clark Career Center, said. “Each represented their school, community, and the state of Missouri in a way in which we would all be proud.”

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

Mason Aguilar from Francis Howell Central competes alongside classmates at the SkillsUSA’s 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference. [FHSD photo]

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