Five of the 17 Wentzville School District students representing Lewis & Clark Career Center at the SkillsUSA Missouri State Leadership and Skills Conference medaled in their respective competitions during the three-day conference in Linn, Missouri from April 5-7th. Timberland senior Jeffery Davis will move on to the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June after earning a first place gold medal in the Electrical Construction Wiring competition. Davis also won a gold medal for his performance on the Electrical Wiring Technical Information written examination. Additional WSD students earning medals at the state competition included: Liberty senior Molly Smart earned a second place silver medal in the Auto Collision Technical Information exam and a third place bronze medal, along with Liberty junior Kaylee Rowland and Timberland senior Natalie Rallo, as members of the Chapter Business Team. Holt senior Justin Smith earned third place bronze for Computer Programming.
Students from across the state competed in 24 different challenges over the three days in a variety of technical, hands-on, written, and oral competitions that related directly to their program of study at Lewis & Clark. “We are extremely proud of Jeff and excited to see him represent Missouri at Nationals,” said Dr. Andrew M. Stewart, director of the Lewis & Clark Career Center. “Based on his skill and work ethic, a gold medal didn’t surprise us.”
SkillsUSA is an applied method for preparing America’s high performance workers in career and technical programs. It provides quality educational experiences for its members in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. It builds self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication 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 activities. More than 1,000 trade associations and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their members in SkillsUSA activities.
The Lewis & Clark Career Center provides career and technical education for St. Charles County juniors and seniors from all five school districts in St. Charles County. Students attend half the day at their respective high school, and half the day at Lewis & Clark.