SkillsUSA for LaramieTuesday, April 28, 2009 By Dillon Elliott
Through out this year Laramie High School students prepares for the three day SkillsUSA competition. April 6 - 8, four LHS student went to Casper for the competition. Juniors Austin Wright, Chris Bowen, Cody DeBoer, and senior Dillon Elliott all competed in the auto part of the competition. Wright, Bowen, and Elliott all came back from the last year’s competition. DeBoer came for his first year but will go back next year. “Well this year I don’t get to go to Kansas City for nationals,” Ed Elliott, auto teacher, said after the competition. Instructor Elliott tells the kids they needed to do two smaller competitions; insertion speaking to prepared speech and bulletin bored to job skills are some of the smaller skills competitions. Through all those skills, the four competed in job skills and job interview. This year there were 2 different job skills in the same competition; Job skills “O” and job skill “A”. The “O” job skill if where you demoed a skill that was not part of the actual competition. Where job skills “A” is just a demo of something you would do in a job. Job interview is where you go and get interviewed for a job that you want. DeBoer got the silver medal in Job skill “O”, top six in job interview and 30 in Automotive Service Technology. “When they called my name up to the stage I was so surprised” DeBoer said talking about the silver. Bowen got 21 in auto and also got top 6 in job skill. Elliott got top 6 in job skill “O” and 28 in Auto. Wright did not make the finals in job skill or job interview but got 12, the highest of them in the auto and had fun.”Man I’m glad I did skills this year, it was a blast.” Elliott said.