Lincoln-Way Students Earn High Rankings at Skills USA State Championship
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Several Lincoln-Way High School students earned high rankings at the Skills USA State Championship held in Springfield April 23-25. Joining more than 1,500 students from across the state, Lincoln-Way students put their technical expertise to the test in a variety of hands-on competitions organized by industry leaders.

This is an outstanding opportunity for our students to sharpen their skills, network with industry professionals, and explore career paths that interest them, said Tony Ogarek, Skills USA Advisor at Lincoln-Way North and East.

Lincoln-Way Central student Christian Gabriel earned first place in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration earning a $2,000 scholarship for college.

Centrals Monica Schrank took second place in Creative Photography Digital Display in Color and first place in Photography.

Both Gabriel and Schrank will have the opportunity to show their skills, earn additional scholarships and prizes and represent Lincoln-Way Central at Nationals this summer in Louisville Kentucky.

Additionally from Lincoln-Way Central, Danielle Echmayer earned 13th in Cabinetmaking. Cassie Machen took 21st in Welding and Andrew Willson took 15th in Welding. Sarah Rushing earned 13th in Medical Terminology and 5th in Medical Math.

Lincoln-Way East students Andrew Garcia and Jason Kasmierski placed 11th and 13th respectfully, competing among 24 students in Job Skills Demonstration.

Lincoln-Way North student Alison DeBruyn placed third out of 18 in Commercial Baking during an Iron-Chef style competition.

Norths Greg Ryba placed fifth out of eight in Prepared Speech.

Lincoln-Way West student Sam Porto earned 16th place in Welding.