Four qualify for Skills Nationals, 3 get WyTech full ride

EPHS Skills students attended the state competition and will be sending four to nationals. Apr. 26 they will put on the Thomas Ussary Memorial Car Show at EPHS to earn money for scholarships and for the nationals.
EPHS Skills students attended the state competition and will be sending four to nationals. Apr. 26 they will put on the Thomas Ussary Memorial Car Show at EPHS to earn money for scholarships and for the nationals.

Matt Boren and Mel Smith sent 27 students to the State Skills USA competition at Linn-Benton Community College. Four students qualified for the National Skills to be held in Kansas City in June. They are:
    LaChelle Robertson and Alicia Hogan -Video Product Development
    Keith Kellogg and Blake Platt- TV Production
    Karla Giegle-Prepared Speech, which was on Video Production

Three students received full scholarships in automotive to WyoTech. This amounts to $115,000. Those students are:
    Matt Mendoza, Brandon Griffith and Jered Koch.
   
Smith
said Eagle Point beat Vincent Polytech and Sabin-Shellanberg Center,
both are magnet schools, which means they are specialized training
schools.
   
The upcoming Thomas Ussary Memorial Car Show,
which will be held at Eagle Point High School on Saturday, April 26,
will assist with the cost of sending the four students and teacher(s)
to nationals.  The show is hosted by the Skills USA Eagle Point High
School Chapter and the industrial mechanics students.
   
Thomas
Ussary had just graduated and was enrolled at the Universal Technical
Institute in California when he was killed in an automobile accident
just one week before leaving for UTI.
   
Students,
instructors, and supporters are keeping Ussary’s dream alive of one day
hosting a car show at Eagle Point that would showcase the students’ own
vehicles as well as the industrial mechanics program at the school.
   
Proceeds
and donations help fund two $500 scholarships for industrial mechanics
students who want to attend a technical college or trade school. In
addition, the show helps finance the travel expenses for various
competitions.
   
Over the years, Skills USA has expanded its
horizons and now includes nursing, culinary arts, welding, video
production and  speech, among other skills.
   
Booth
registration is now available. The registration fee for cars is $10 or
$15. The $15 fee  entitles you to a specially designed t-shirt. 
   
One of the popular events is the parts swap.

Two
events always attract a crowd. One is the poker run which starts at 1
p.m. The other is the engine blow up, which is traditionally held at 12
n.  Trophy ceremonies are at 2 p.m.
   
For information, call Matt Boren 830-6397.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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