KANSAS CITY, MO

Cabinetmaking, carpentry and architectural drafting students were among the winners at the annual SkillsUSA Championships, held June 23 and 24. The 46th annual competition drew more than 14,000 students, educators and representatives of 1,100 national corporations, associations, business and labor unions. The National Leadership and Skills Conference is a showcase for career and technical education. SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually. The organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations.

The annual SkillsUSA Championships encompassed 96 hands-on skill and leadership competitions, including several closely tied to woodworking careers, such as cabinetmaking, architectural drafting, CNC milling and automated manufacturing technology.

In the cabinetmaking competition, contestants must build a small cabinet from materials and
drawings supplied. Contestants are expected to read the drawings, lay
out and cut the parts using a table saw, laminate trimmer, hand drill,
hinge boring machine and various hand tools. The parts must be
accurately assembled, sanded and adjusted to tolerances specified by
the judges.

The members of the national technical committee
for cabinetmaking include: Chair Roger Holmes, DeWALT Factory Service
(NY); Jerry Brewer, Ohio Valley Door Corp. (IN); Ilaria
Fekeza, Architectural Woodwork Institute (VA); Kent Gilchrist, Fremont
Interiors Inc. (IN); Kyle Gillingham, (WI); and Charlie Zizumbo,
Salina Planing Mill, Inc. (KS).

A national education team
assists the national technical committee. Members include: Chair Robert
Studdard, Rolla Technical Institute (Mo.); Chris Affolter (Mo.); Jordan
Backs, Pittsburg State University (Mo.); Joe Davis, Dale Jackson Career
Center (Texas); Alan Gomez, Sun Prairie Area School District (Wis.);
Terry O'Reilly, Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program (Mo.); Andre
Pease, Virginia Beach Vo-Tech (Va.); Craig Strope, Nichols Career
Center (Mo.); A.J. Tinker, Rolla Technical Institute (Mo.); Kathleen
Turner, Riverton High School (Utah); Bryan Wolf, Nichols Career Center
(Mo.); Myles Yates, Dallas County Career Center (Mo.); and, Robert
York, Four Rivers Career Center (Mo.).

Other supporting
organizations include Architectural Woodworking Institute; Calculated Industries; Carhartt; DEWALT Industrial Tool Co.; IRWIN Industrial Tool Co.; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; and Senco Brands, Inc.


Competitions in other woodworking industry related arenas  include:

SkillsUSA 2010 Medalists in Carpentry and Cabinetmaking

Carpentry

Eric Katterhenry

  High School

 Southridge High School

  Gold

 Huntingburg, IN

 

Carpentry

Kodi Riffey

  High School

 Miami Valley CTC

  Silver

 Clayton, OH

 

Carpentry

Hayden Woodard

  High School

 Woodland High School

  Bronze

 Woodland, CA

 

Carpentry

Nathan Jackson

  College/Postsecondar

 Utah Valley University

  Gold

 Orem, UT

 

Carpentry

Andrew J Smith

  College/Postsecondar

 Washtenaw Community College

  Silver

 Ann Arbor, MI

 

Carpentry

Brett Wesson

  College/Postsecondar

 Stevens College of Tech

  Bronze

 Lancaster, PA

 

Cabinetmaking

Daniel Berrios

  High School

 Bethlehem Vo-Tech School

  Gold

 Bethlehem, PA

 

Cabinetmaking

Alex Stueve

  High School

 Topeka West High School

  Silver

 Topeka, KS

 

Cabinetmaking

Kyle Burkhart

  High School

 Oswego High School

  Bronze

 Oswego, IL

 

Cabinetmaking

Kevin Pattermann

  College/Postsecondar

 Oswego High School

  Gold

 Oswego, IL

 

Cabinetmaking

Jessie White

  College/Postsecondar

 Northwest Shoals Community College

  Silver

 Muscle Shoals, AL

 

Cabinetmaking

Paul Manthei

  College/Postsecondar

 Hennepin Tech College-Brooklyn Park

  Bronze

 Brooklyn Park, MN


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