Daily Journal staff report
Kankakee Area Career Center students participated in the SkillsUSA State Competition, the Scholastic Bowl of Career and Technical Education, April 11-13 in Springfield. The KACC SkillsUSA Team consisted of 44 students.
“I was extremely impressed with the high level of knowledge and talent our young folks demonstrated. They conducted themselves in a very professional manner. I could not be more proud,” KACC Principal Tim Guerin said.
“Each competitor brought their ‘A-game.’ With a lot of preparation, Team KACC excelled at state. The hard work and positive attitudes really paid off. I am proud of each and every one of them,” said Meghann Miller, KACC cosmetology instructor and lead SkillsUSA advisor. Miller was assisted by skills advisors James Stafford, automotive technology instructor; Michael Gall, welding technology instructor; and Dawn Kleber, automotive teacher’s aide.
Gerry Glunz, a Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School student in computer technology, not only finished in second place, he also was elected postsecondary state secretary and will go to SkillsUSA Nationals this June in Louisville, Ky.
The KACC law enforcement Criminal Scene Investigations team of Matthew Gonzalez and Jose Cabrera, of Beecher High School, and Logan Charbonneau, St. Anne Community High School, earned first place.
Other top 10 finishers at the State Competition were:
Second place: Seth Shreffler, Manteno High School, automotive service technology; and Catie Ailey, Watseka High School alumni, cosmetology post-secondary.
Third place: Alicia Avila, Central of Clifton High School, cosmetology; Jordan Edwards, Watseka High School alumni, cosmetology post-secondary.
Fourth place: Robert Eakins, Bishop McNamara Catholic High School, welding technology; Josiah Tilley, homeschool, Wilson Netherton, McNamara, Kohlton Lanoue, Donovan High School and Nicholas Vaughn, Iroquois West High School, construction technology team works; Travis Felchia, Central, electrical construction wiring; and Bryce Modglin and Jailen Valerio, BBCHS, and Brandon Morse, Grant Park High School, CSI team.
Fifth place: Lauren Hanson, homeschool, cosmetology.
Sixth place: Caity Edwards, BBCHS with model Elena Garza, Crete-Monee High School, esthetics; Noah Dingler, Central, collision repair technology.
Seventh place: Brayden Peters, BBCHS, Tatum Hall, Kankakee High School, and Noah Fink, Iroquois West, welding fabrication team; and Sarah DeJonge, Grant Park, full service automotive.
Eighth place: Hector Gonzalez, BBCHS, full service automotive; and Kara Schultz, Herscher High School, cosmetology.
Ninth place: Sean Drexler, Manteno, welding technology.
Tenth place: Hazel Burgess, homeschool, cosmetology.
For a full list of Team KACC SkillsUSA students, visit kacc-il.org.