Students Sweep SkillsUSA Nationals

July  8, 2013

Contact: Jen Boyer, Media Relations
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
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All three LWIT students who attended the 2013 SkillsUSA National Competition June 24-28, in Kansas City, Mo., brought home medals.

Jonathan Anderson placed first in the country in Marine Service Technology with a gold medal. Nikolaos Antonopoulos placed second in the nation in Motorcycle Service Technology with a silver medal (winning LWIT a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle courtesy of Harley-Davidson®). Jeremy Talley placed third in the nation in Power Equipment Technology with a bronze medal. Talley was the silver medal winner in Motorcycle Service Technology in the 2012 SkillsUSA national competition, which won LWIT a Harley- Davidson® motorcycle.

All three students were first place winners in the Washington SkillsUSA competition in their fields.

"I am thrilled all three of our students won medals. It speaks highly of our hard-working students and our college. Their success is so well deserved," said Don Dale, LWIT industrial technology faculty and SkillsUSA team mentor.

The SkillsUSA National Championship requires contestants to take a technical written exam, an oral and written communications exam, and perform hands-on task tests, competing against each other and the clock. The contestants are judged on their technical skills, knowledge, communication skills, customer service and ability to read and follow directions.

The competition included more than 5,900 students and advisors from around the country in 98 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

L-R: Jonathan Anderson (gold), Nikolaos Antonopoulos (silver), and Jeremy Talley (bronze).

Jonathan Anderson (gold), Nikolaos Antonopoulos (silver), and Jeremy Talley (bronze).