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UCSI students use their skills to earn top honors at state competition
UCSI students use their skills to earn top honors at state competition
Posted on 05/03/2019
Skills student working on technologySix UCS students earned top honored for showing off their "skills" at a statewide competition for Career and Technical Education students. 

Utica Center for Science and Industry students captured three second place honors and the top award at statewide competitions sponsored by Skills USA. 

SkillsUSA is a national organization with over 395,000 members from 54 states and territorial associations. Michigan has 101 chapters and over 4,648 members. 

The purpose of SkillsUSA is to prepare “high performance” workers and it does so by providing quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.

Every student who participates in SkillsUSA is sponsored and advised by a dedicated Career and Technical Education instructor. The teacher and students spend many hours outside of the school day preparing for and participating in these industry level competitions.

This year Utica Community Schools had several students that were highly successful, earning many medals at regional events. 

Students who earned top awards at the state conference in April held in Grand Rapids are:
  • Thomas Fezzy - 1st Place Gold Medal in Electronic Technology. Fezzy will  represent the state of Michigan at the National SkillsUSA conference in Louisville, KY.
  • Kate Baumbach - 2nd Place Silver Medal in Electronic Technology
  • Anthony Lewis and Artur Ptak - 2nd Place Silver Medal in Additive Manufacturing
  • Claire Murray and Maddie Brown - 2nd Place Silver Medal in Robotics and Automation

Their advisor is UCSI teacher Scott Spry.