SUMMIT When a local carpenter’s union found out that area technical schools were scrambling for money to send students to a state competition, it’s members knew they had to step in.
Last week the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights (IKORCC) gave a $2,500 check to students at the Boyd County High School Career and Technical Education Center. Another $2,500 has been contributed to Carter County High School Career and Technical Center as well.
The money will allow the students to go to the SkillsUSA Kentucky state competition in Louisville on April 11-14. Those going to state placed either first or second in their division at the previous SkillsUSA Northeast Region-District 14 competition held at Ashland Community and Technical College and the IKORCC training center in February.
SkillsUSA Kentucky is a chapter of the national organization that serves industrial, trade and technical students in area technology centers, public high school and career and technical centers. The annual competitions focus on leadership and technical skills and include areas like carpentry, welding, wood sculpture, prepared speeches and job interviewing.
Boyd County has six students heading to the state competition. Prior to receiving the $2,500 donation, Boyd County High School Career and Technical Education Center teacher and guidance councilor Julie Criss said students were in the position of having to pay their own way if they wanted to go to Louisville.
“It’s a big relief because we were scraping and trying to fundraise and this helps us get there,” she said.
IKORCC Senior Representative Jerry Yates said the union wanted to make sure all the students were able to go, noting there is no reason they shouldn’t have the same opportunities as those from other schools.
“The way I look at it is they earned the right to go. We want to make sure they get there. It’s important to us,” said Yates.
He added that all of Eastern Kentucky has been hurting for many years, pointing out that it is time to put emphasis on the youth to insure they know they can go into technical careers.
The IKORCC training center also hosted the carpentry portion of the regional SkillsUSA competition. Yates said the IKORCC donated the carpentry supplies needed as well.
Criss touched on what it means for the students to make it to the state competition, saying it gives them a chance to make connections that can lead to future jobs.
“I think it’s a big step. It’s just a great opportunity for them to develop those kind of leadership skills,” she said.
State winners will be able to advance to the SkillsUSA national competition.
The following is the results from the previous regional competition:
Action Skills: First, Roger Allen, Carter.
Chapter Display: First, Elijah Miller, Isaac Slone and Morgan Vaugh, Boyd.
Creed: First, Payton Parsons, Carter.
Extemporaneous Speaking: First, Savannah Ramey, Russell.
Job Interview: First, Pranesh Patel, Russell; second, Brandon Fannin, Carter; third, Bryan Parsons, Carter.
Job Skills Demonstration (A): First, Jarrod Buckler, Carter; second, Kody Hutchinson, Carter; third, Jordan Colegrove, Greenup.
Job Skills Demonstration Open: First, Ashley Thomas, Russell.
Prepared Speech: First, Donald Blevins, Carter; second, William Barker, Carter.
Quiz Bowl: First, Noah Caudill, Savannah Ramey, Matthew Kouns and Hunter McMillen, Carter; second, Isaac Duncan, Kody Kline, Duston Shoemaker and Eric Carter, Carter; third, Derrick Bradley, Dayemion Jordan, Ethan Hale, Dakota Rayburn and Cadin Sparks, Carter.
SkillsUSA Spelling: First, Chelsie Fraley, Russell.
Welding Art Sculpture: First, Chelsy Wise, Greenup; second, Eric Lawson, Greenup; third, Caleb Sturgill, Carter.
Wood Sculpture: First, Alexis Kegley, Carter.
Architectural Board Drafting: First, Jordan Sargent, Carter.
Architectural Drafting (CAD): First, Chandler Easterling, Carter; Wayne Stephens, Russell; third, Bobby Phillips, Carter.
Automotive Service Technology (post-secondary): First, Josh Henderson, ACTC; second, Richard Thompson, ACTC; third, Tim McCarty, ACTC.
Automotive Service Technology (secondary): First, Gary Adkins, Greenup; second, Lery Logan, Greenup; third, Christopher Lemater, Greenup.
Carpentry: First, Brandon Dalliare, Carter; second, Jacob Palmer, Boyd; third, Drew Sorrell, Boyd.
Computer Maintenance: First, Geoffery Potts, Russell.
Construction Tool Identification: First, Austin Paul, Greenup; second, Quinten Clark, Russell; third, Eryn Parsons, Russell.
Diesel Equipment Technology (post-secondary): First, John Skinner, ACTC; second, Chad Lambiotte, ACTC.
Electrical Construction Wiring: First, Devin Slifer, Greenup; second, Dalton Halstead, Greenup; third, Gage Brewer, Greenup.
Interactive Application and Video Game Development: First, Steven Gilliam, Carter.
Robotics Urban Search and Rescue: First, Dominic Butler Carter; second, Davey Boggs, Carter.
Technical Drafting (CAD): First, Matthew Warren, Carter, second, Jacob Hensley, Carter; third, Payton Parsons, Russell.
Web Design: First, Aaron Eastham and Alexis Virgin, Russell.
Welding: First, Rob Kitts, Boyd; second, Cole Channey, Boyd; third, Jacob Workman, Boyd.
Welding I: First, Dylan Stewart, Boyd; second, Chelsey Wise, Greenup; third, Hunter Davis, Boyd.