Swanton students qualify for SkillsUSA state competition


Penta Career Center students, including some from Swanton, recently earned top awards at the Ohio SkillsUSA Northwest Regional Competition. The event, which was held at Penta Career Center on Feb. 15, included 38 competitions.

Thirty-nine Penta students earned either a gold, silver or bronze medal and qualify for the Ohio SkillsUSA Championships that will be held in Columbus on April 16-17.

Cole Detrick of Swanton placed first in the CNC Turning competition. Grace Crowe of Swanton was first as part of the Opening and Closing team.

Other Swanton placers were Matt Lorenzen, second in Automotive Refinishing Technology; Jessalyn Lohmeyer, third, Esthetics Competitor; and Jordan Niday, third in Welding Fabrication, team of three.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. The organization provides quality educational experiences such as leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development skills.