PITTSBURG — CTEC swept the competition at the SkillsUSA state tournament.
Southeast Kansas Career and Technical Education Center of Crawford County college and high school students brought home the gold in carpentry and masonry competitions.
Dylan Giager received first in carpentry and FSCC student Alex Garcia received first in masonry, both are Fort Scott Community College students. Pittsburg High School students Wil Jameson ranked ranked first in carpentry and Coltin Oehme ranked first in masonry.
Students competing in carpentry had to create a scaled down version of a house — from rafters, chimney and roof. Of course, it also had to be stable and not fall to pieces or lean to the side.
Giager, who is in his last semester of college, said lots of practice made perfect — rather a gold medal. He has plans to head out into the workforce following graduation.
“It was great, it turned out just as I’d hoped,” he said.
Giager was last year’s national champion and this year he will be defending his title.
This, however, was the first time for Jameson to go to state. For the most part, Carpentry Instructor Kim Coates said, the high school level mostly consists on juniors and seniors.
“He’s a smart kids, I knew he’d do well and I knew what he could do,” Coates said. “I told him to give it what you got and we’ll find out at the end of the day.”
And they did, Jameson — a sophomore — came home with a gold medal to remember his efforts.
“I had a rough start at first, but then I turned it around enough to win,” he said.
For the masonry competition the students were given a blueprint and from there had to create a wall that was four feet tall and about 37 inches tall using bricks and blocks.
“It’s hard work to keep it straight, but I managed,” Garcia said.
Oehme started taking the class his junior year of high school, and will be graduating from FCC on May 18 and PHS on May 19. He plans on moving forward in the field of construction.
“I’ll be graduating from college before graduating high school,” he said.
Masonry Instructor Nacoma Oehme applauded his students for their achievements.
“Both of my guys did good … it will be been fun and exciting to go nationals and see what they can do,” he said.
Other students who ranked high in the competition at FSCC are Siarra Clark who took second in masonry, Brady Newman who placed second in carpentry and Thomas Close who took third in carpentry.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.