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KEC students succeed at SkillsUSA

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

SkillsUSA serves students preparing for technical, skilled and service careers by developing their occupational, academic and employability skills.

At the Illinois SkillsUSA Championships in April, KEC sent 55 students to compete. These students – from Genoa-Kingston, Hiawatha, Rochelle, Sycamore and DeKalb – competed in the following 21 different competitions: Advertising Design, Commercial Baking, Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Customer Service, Digital Image – Photography, Essay, Extemporaneous Speaking, Fire Fighters, Health Knowledge Bowl, Job Interview, Job Skills Demonstration, Medical Terminology, Nurse Assisting, Pin Design, Prepared Speech, Preschool Interactive Bulletin Board, Suitcase, T-shirt Design and TV/Video Production.

Of the 55 KEC students who competed, 28 of them earned a first, second or third place medal. KEC had the second highest percentage of medal winners in the state. And, KEC swept first, second and third place in Medical Terminology, the first year KEC students competed in this event.

Three KEC students were awarded first place, and four KEC students earned a chance to compete at the National SkillsUSA 2014 Championships in Kansas City. The following KEC students will compete at the National Championships in June: Kelly Brown, first place, Commercial Baking; Kelly Leifheit, first place, Pin Design; Kaylie Rapp, first place, Medical Terminology; and Mercedes Hinkle, second place, Extemporaneous Speaking.

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