Lana Hiskey

Students from Spanish Fork High School and Maple Mountain High School, in Nebo School District, competed for the State of Utah in the National SkillsUSA contest this summer. 

Spanish Fork High SkillsUSA adviser, Zac Taylor, addressed Nebo School Board of Education and said, “Students gathered from all parts of the U.S. to see who was the very best. To be able to go to such a competition is an accomplishment beyond measure. We are here to recognize the great students in the community who have exemplified the skills that will help them be successful in their careers and life. To my knowledge, we have never had a National winner represent Nebo District for SkillsUSA. This year we had six students from Spanish Fork High and Maple Mountain High compete.”

Congratulations to the following students for being National winners:

Spanish Fork High Skills
Elijah Konchar – Third Place National Winner Power Equipment Technology
Gavin Robarge – Sixth Place National Winner Collision Repair Technology
Turray Marsh – National Winner in Automotive Refinishing
Spanish Fork High Skills Adviser: Zac Taylor

Maple Mountain High
Cody McGowan, Cayson Patey, & Taylor Winkle – First Place National Winners in Welding Fabrication
Maple Mountain High Skills Adviser Jared Massic

SkillsUSA is the former VICA. In 2004, SkillsUSA became the official name. This group has more than 300,000 students and advisors join annually organized into more than 17,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations. SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work–high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.