Sean Anderson, of Indianola, wires up a single pull switch and lights as part of a technical skills contest at North Platte Community College on Monday. Anderson was entered in the electrical technology category.
A record number of high school students descended on North Platte Community College on Monday for the college's 10th annual Technical Skills Contest.
The event lured in 151 students representing 13 area high schools – a significant increase from the 109 students from 10 area high schools that competed last year. Lenny Hassel, the college's career pathways coordinator, was thrilled with the turnout.
"Technical skills are so important," said Hassel. "People who can do those types of jobs are needed right here in our backyard."
The high school students went head-to-head in the areas of team building construction, carpentry, construction drafting, welding, competitive welding, auto mechanics, electrical technology and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R).
Logan May, of Brady, identifies pieces of a brake caliper during a technical skills contest at North Platte Community College on Monday. May was entered in the auto mechanics category.
"We use these contests to build relationships with the high school kids and to encourage them to go into a trade," said Mike Janecek, NPCC automotive instructor. "This competition is good preparation for what they would be expected to do on the job."
The contestants were assisted and judged by NPCC students.
"Putting our students in the instructor role for a day gives them a different outlook on their studies," said Janecek. "You don't truly know a craft until you try to teach it."
Ivan Dobesh, who is studying HVAC/R at the college, agreed with that statement. It was just last year that he was competing.
"I definitely believe that when you teach someone what you've been learning, it sticks with you better," said Dobesh. "I'm appreciative of the opportunity."
Devin Nichols, of
Broken Bow, conducts a vehicle inspection Monday as part of a technical skills
contest at North Platte Community College. Nichols was entered in the auto
Tony Kapustka, an industrial technology teacher at Stapleton Public Schools, took five seniors and a sophomore to the contest. They competed in building construction and welding.
"We come here every year," said Kapustka. "The students really enjoy it. They like to take the skills they've learned in the classroom and see how they stack up in a competition."
It was the first time Sean Anderson, of Indianola, had competed. He entered the electrical technology category.
"It's been fun," said Anderson. "My uncle does electrical work, so that's how I'm familiar with it. I like doing projects that are hands-on."
The high schools attending were: Anselmo-Merna, Arthur, Brady, Broken Bow, Maxwell, Maywood, McPherson County, North Platte, Ogallala, Perkins County, Southwest, Stapleton and Wallace.
Results of the competition were as follows:
First place – Justin Koop, Wallace High School
Second place - Jack Griffiths, Brady High School
Third place – Patience Roebuck, North Platte High School
Building Construction (Team):
First place – Dayne Littell, Devon Littell, JC Van Drimmelen and Paul White, Maywood High School
Second place – Gage Christensen, Josh Powers, Georgie Lage, Kyla Wykert, Arthur County High School
Third place - Joel Myers, Ethan Bazyn, Trayvin Russell, Bladen Nichols, Broken Bow High School
First place – Kayson Fassler, Maxwell High School
Second place – Tyson Patrick, Perkins County High School
Third place – Brandon Bardell, Maxwell High School
First place – Matt Aerni, Perkins County High School
Second place – Colton Houser, Ogallala High School
Third place – Karnee Hatch, Brady High School
First place – Sean Anderson, Southwest High School
Second place – Harley Remington, Southwest High School
Third place – Stephen Harrison, Southwest High School
First place – Logan Rosentrater, Wallace High School
Second place – Tyler Daniels, Wallace High School
Third place - Kyon Neal, McPherson County High School
First place – Lane West, Anselmo-Merna High School
Second place – Dawson Duryea, Anselmo-Merna High School
Third place – Trevan Rut, Arthur County High School
First place – Johnny Seery, North Platte High School
Second place – Kyon Neal, McPherson County High School
Third place – Jayden Miles, North Platte High School