These students later continued on to compete in the SkillsUSA National Championship at the National SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
Throughout the week, these students were able to learn from career experts from all over the nation during presentations, at exhibitions, and through networking engagements as they seized the opportunity to speak with professionals and other students from around the country.
At the end of the week, students were able to show their own skills during their program competitions. The competition was steep because every person that competed at Nationals was a gold medal winner for their category during their State's finals.
Lake Tech students received extremely high marks and were given very complimentary remarks from the judges. In the end, each of the Lake Tech students were ranked within the top 30 percent of their national competitors.
Robin Kester placed 4th in her category, Luke Carson placed 7th, Richie Roberts placed 10th, Olivia Almeter placed 12th, and Sammantha Carpenter placed 30th.
"Lake Tech is extremely proud of all of our students who participated in SkillsUSA throughout the year, from campus qualifiers to the National Championships," said Kim Frazier, post-secondary program specialist at Lake Tech.
"Additionally, Lake Tech would like to thank everyone that supported our SkillsUSA members throughout the year. Lake Tech instructors, James Brucker, Tonia Whalen, Lucy Ancona, Kerrie Johnson, Steve Bagg, and Tina Brucker worked diligently to help prepare and support our SkillsUSA students for competitions."
"A huge thank you to the Lake Tech students and staff, and to various individuals and local businesses, who participated in fundraisers and made donations to SkillsUSA to help cover expenses," Frazier added.
"Over $12,000 was raised to support the Lake Tech SkillsUSA team throughout the year.
Lake Technical College is a public, post-secondary institution that offers high quality training for many careers. The main campus is at 2001 Kurt St., Eustis. The Lake Technical South campus is at 513 Albrook St., Mascotte. The Institute of Public Safety is located at 1565 Lane Park Cutoff, Tavares.