Lewiston students honored at National SkillsUSA Championships


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Students from Lewiston-area high school and college technical education programs won the nation’s highest awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference this summer.

Industry leaders representing over 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students for their demonstrated excellence in 99 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. All contests are designed, run and judged by industry using industry standards.

Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education.

The SkillsUSA Championships is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA. In addition, high scorers in the contests received Skill Point Certificates. The certificate was awarded in 86 occupational and leadership areas to students who achieved a high score defined by industry.

Team A, consisting of Benjamin P. Lowit and Kyle M. Ridley, from Lewiston Regional Tech Center were awarded the High School Gold Medal in Urban Search and Rescue.

“Over 6,000 students from every state in the nation came to compete in the SkillsUSA Championships,” said SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence.