OFHS student earns silver at SkillsUSA

Kell Medals at State Competition
Posted on 04/23/2018
Daeton Kell Wins SilverOne of the four Orchard Farm 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. Orchard Farm junior Daeton Kell earned a second place silver medal in the Electrical Wiring Technology Information competition, which is a comprehensive written exam. Daeton scored second highest in the State of Missouri, moving up after having scored the bronze medal in the St. Louis metropolitan area at districts in February.

Lewis & Clark fielded 71 competitors in 24 different competitions over the three days. Along with Kell, Drue Steinmetz-Crouse (Quiz Bowl team) and Sam Steinmetz-Crouse (Health Knowledge Bowl team) also represented Lewis & Clark from the Orchard Farm School District at state.

Students competed in a variety of technical, hands-on, written, and oral competitions that related directly to their program of study at Lewis & Clark. A total of 26 medals were awarded to Lewis & Clark students. Five students will move on to the national competition and represent the State of Missouri.

 “Daeton has been an asset to our school since arriving here in August,” said Dr. Andrew M. Stewart, director of the Lewis & Clark Career Center. According to his teacher, Jerry Ray, “He exceeded expectations for a junior to do so well at state. I look forward to seeing him compete next year.” 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 people 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. For more information, visit lewisclarkcc.org.
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