Students top the charts at SkillsUSA
Students shine at national SkillsUSA contest
Posted on 08/01/2019
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Earlier this summer we shared that several Fort Zumwalt students had earned the right to compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, the world’s largest showcase of skilled trades and skill competitions. This invitation-only event was for first place state medalists in 100 competition areas for career and technical students.
Congratulations to South High grad Jonathan Steensgaard, who placed 2nd in the nation in Auto Service Technology. He is currently working full-time as an auto technician and considering post-secondary options.

Congratulations also go out to North High grad Tate Mulnix, who placed 5th in the nation in Industrial Motor Controls, Mulnix is working in the electrical field full-time. South High senior RJ Henderson placed 6th in the nation in Information Technology Services. These students represent a growing group of Fort Zumwalt students who utilize the opportunities provided by Industrial Technology and Engineering coursework as well as those provided by Fort Zumwalt’s partnership with Lewis & Clark Technical School to be ready to join St. Charles County’s manufacturing workforce upon graduation. 

May 20, 2019
 The Lewis & Clark Career Center, which provides career and technical education for juniors and seniors in each of St. Charles County’s five school districts, fielded 66 competitors (21 from Fort Zumwalt School District)  in 81 different competitions at the state SkillsUSA competition in April. Students competed in a variety of technical, hands-on, written, and oral competitions that related directly to their program of study at Lewis & Clark. Eight Fort Zumwalt students earned medals.
-- Tate Mulnix (North) earned a gold medal in Electric Motor Control and a gold medal in written competition.  
--Jonathan Steensgaard (South) earned a gold medal in Auto Service Technology and a gold medal in written competition.
--RJ Henderson (South) earned a gold medal in Computer information Technology Service and a gold medal in written competition.
All three have qualified for the national competition in Louisville, Ken., at the end of June. Other Zumwalt medalists:
--Evan Dolejsi, 1st place, Auto Service Technology Info, South High
--Eric Ray, 2nd place, Machining Tech Info, West High    
--Tyler Hockenberry, 3rd place, Quizbowl Team, North High    
--Alyssa King, 3rd place, Quizbowl Team, West High    
--Anthony Leah, 3rd place, Construction Teamworks, North High
SkillsUSA is an applied method for preparing America’s high performance workers in career and technical programs. It provides quality educational experiences for its members in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. It builds self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. It emphasizes total quality at work: high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities. More than 1,000 trade associations and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities.