KANSAS CITY, MO June 25 The winners of the annual SkillsUSA Championships in CABINETMAKING were announced Friday evening, June 25, at the Awards Ceremony of SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The Conference was held June 21 - June 25, 2010 at the Municipal Auditorium, the Kemper Arena, H. Roe Bartle Hall, the downtown Marriott and the downtown Crown Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Over 5,600 outstanding career and technical education students joined in the excitement of hands on competition in ninety-six different trade, technical, and leadership fields.

Working against the clock and each other, the participants proved their expertise in job skills for occupations such as electronics, technical drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. There were also competitions in leadership skills, such as extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedures.

SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. It sponsors the SkillsUSA Championships annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations.

The contests are planned by technical committees made up of representatives of labor and management and are designed to test the skills needed for a successful entry level performance in given occupational fields. Safety practices and procedures - an area of great concern to labor and management alike - are judged and graded and constitute a portion of a contestant’s score.

Cabinetmaking requires contestants to 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 (N.Y.); Jerry Brewer, Ohio Valley Door Corporation (Ind.); Ilaria Fekeza, Architectural Woodwork Institute (Va.); Kent Gilchrist, Fremont Interiors Inc. (Ind.); Kyle Gillingham, (Wis.); and, Charlie Zizumbo, Salina Planing Mill, Inc. (Kan.).

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.

Source: SkillsUSA

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