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Three MPS students earn top prize at SkillsUSA state championships

Congratulations to 23 MPS students from Lynde and Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School and Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education who competed in the annual SkillsUSA State Championships this May. Eight medals signifying five awards including two state championships were awarded to these talented middle and high school students. More than 2,000 students from 100 schools across Wisconsin gathered in Madison to compete in more than 70 technical and leadership categories as part of this competition.

From Obama, high school coaches Dave Kontz and Dan Johnston and middle school coach Monica Hall led their team of six students to capture four awards. In addition, Marvell Reed was elected as a state officer for District 5 and will serve as vice president.

1st Place    Robotics and Automation            Devyon Bowie, Romero Williams

1st Place    CO2 Dragster (Middle School)   Enrique Acevedo

2nd Place   CO2 Dragster (High School)       Romero Williams

3rd Place    Barber/Cosmetology                     Temonie Kirk

Also earning the right to compete at the state level were high school students Saria Vaughn and Johnelisha Conrod, both entered in the categories of Job Interview and Cosmetology. At the middle school level, competitors included Nyesha Simpson and Mekhi Murphy (Team Engineering and CO2 Dragster), Adam Washington (Team Engineering), Naima Galarza and Azarria Martin (Job Demonstration), and Annika Burton (Job Interview). Enrique Acevedo’s first place finish was his second state championship in a row.

In June, Obama Coach Dave Kontz and new Vice President Marvell Reed will accompany Devyon Bowie and Romero Williams to the National SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. We wish them the best of luck!

From Bradley Tech, Coaches Jeff Lemmer and Sharon Hegwood led a team of ten students to the state competition. One of their groups earned a second place medal despite being only their second year of participation in SkillsUSA. Their category, Promotional Bulletin Board, required students to design and build a board to promote their SkillsUSA chapter.

Wisconsin SkillsUSA Winners, Bradley Tech

2nd Place   Promotional Bulletin Board         Karina Damian, Ibrahim Abukar, Donyana Johnson

The team included Malyun Ali (Job Interview), Giovanni Perez (Team Engineering and Woodworking Display), Nick Rufus (Job Interview and Team Engineering), Mariah Erby and Dillion Bickel-Parrett (Web Design), Ibrahim Abukar and Karina Damian (Advertising Design and Promotional Bulletin Board), Aaliyah Flournoy (CO2 Dragster and Woodworking Display), Abdikadir Ahmed (Team Engineering), and Donyana Johnson (Job Interview and Promotional Bulletin Board).

To become involved, support the team, or make a donation, please contact one of the lead advisors.

Dave Kontz (Obama, high school level):

Jeff Lemmer (Bradley Tech):

Monica Hall (Obama, middle school level):

For more information about SkillsUSA, visit

Congratulations to all who competed at the state level!

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