Fairfield student on to regional competition

Two Laurel Oaks Career Campus students will have the chance to compete against other top students in Ohio after winning medals in local and regional SkillsUSA competition.

The winning students are: Ashley Neidich of Fairfield Local Schools (Cosmetology), Silver, Cosmetology; and Nathan Schmid of Wilmington and a student in the Automotive Collision Technology program, Gold Medal, Auto Body.

The SkillsUSA competition gives students in career-technical high school programs the chance to test their skills and be judged by professionals in their field.

The events being held are as varied as the career-technical programs that the students are in. Health technology students and practical nursing students show their knowledge of medical terminology and patient care. Precision machining students demonstrate their skills, while cosmetology students paint elaborate fingernail designs and style hair. In one room, teams of law enforcement students may gather evidence from parked cars. Other students make presentations that demonstrate their public speaking and professional skills.

A total of 24 Great Oaks students qualified for state SkillsUSA competition. Those who win at state competition in April will earn the right to compete nationally.

Submitted by Jon Weidlich, community relations director, Great Oaks Career Campuses.