Sheridan College Students Place at National Competition

Seven Sheridan College students, competing against thousands of their peers, placed in the top 16 nationally in the recent SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference at Louisville, Kentucky.

Only those students who won first place at state-level competitions in April were eligible to compete. The Sheridan College students participated in carpentry and machining competitions, according to Jed Jensen, who is dean of career and technical education at the college.

Students from Sheridan College were Frank Baca, Kyle Jerney, Michael Waterhouse and Tristan Barfoot, all of Sheridan; Ben Conklin of Banner; Taylor Chapin of Kemmerer; and Ashley Rylander of Butte, Mont.

Jensen said more than 6,000 career and technical education students competed in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields at the conference. Students worked against the clock and each other in fields including welding, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, diesel technology and culinary arts.

The philosophy of the SkillsUSA competitions is to reward students for excellence, involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers' needs. Sheridan College students have placed in the top 25 at nationals 14 times in the past three years and won a first place gold medal in 2016.