KANSAS CITY – After winning awards at the state level, Rend Lake College students took their skills to the national stage last week in Kansas City.
RLC sophomore architecture student Randy Jones (Bonnie) repeated as a Bronze Medalist at the 2011 SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference and Competition. Representing RLC with Jones were Braden Aaron of Nashville, Nathan Guinzy of Ashley, Jeremy Hathaway of Harrisburg, Cal Muehlenbein of McLeansboro, Victoria Price of Ewing and Brandon Smith of Steeleville. The event featured approximately 6,000 students competing in 94 contests.
According to their coach, RLC Architectural Technology Professor Kevin Weston, the week-long event had students attending contest briefings, the contest setup, competitions and the contest debriefings.
By taking bronze again, Jones ties his third place spot on the list of RLC’s best finishes at SkillsUSA nationals since the RLC chapter was established in 2001. All have been in architectural drafting CAD with Michael Mosler (Mt. Vernon) getting gold in 2009 and Ryan Reu (Mt. Vernon) with silver in 2002, in addition to Jones’ bronze medals.
This year, Aaron, Guinzy, Muehlenbein and Smith finished 12th in the TeamWorks contest; Hathaway took 21st in Culinary Arts; and Price finished 12th in Advertising Design. Price also participated in the SkillsUSA Community Service project with the Harvester’s Community Food Network.