The high level of trade skills of Williamson students was demonstrated in shop SkillsUSA competitions for masonry, carpentry, and electrical students on Dec. 15.
In masonry, Derek Brunetto 2W4 came in first, Ryan Keller 2W4 second, and Garrett Watkins 2W4 third. Their project was a complicated wall of brick and block.
Carpentry had two competitions, one was building a small cabinet with a drawer and the other was a high-skills, complicated section of a wall. In the cabinet competition, coming in first was Josh Kirkpatrick 2W4 and second was Victor Valentine 2W5. In the other competition, coming in first was Mike Beyers 2W4, second was Kam’Ron Patterson 2W4, and third was Jack Wooten 2W5.
In the electrical competition, students constructed a difficult panel. Coming in first was Griffin Moeller 2W5, second was Mike Miles 2W5, and third was Gavin Biddle 2W5.
All first-place winners will compete in the District 2 competitions in North Montco Technical Career Center on Feb. 6 and 7. This competition is mainly for experience as there are no other schools competing in their categories. They will then go on to compete at the state competitions in Hershey from April 16-19. Students who come in first-place in the state competitions, representing the entire state of Pennsylvania, qualify for competition in the national competitions from June 24-28 in Atlanta, Ga.
Pete Zwolak 0W7, SkillsUSA advisor and director of construction technology-masonry, said “This is a great experience for the students because the competitions are designed to resemble actual work at a job site while striving for speed and quality under pressure. We had the largest number of students competing ever at Williamson, which is a great thing. The competitions have grown every year and we expect them to continue growing. We were happy to have the electricians competing for the first time. We offer a big thank you to our judges, some were alumni and some were from Goldhorn Electrical Construction of Aston. We couldn’t do this without them.”
The judges were: Masonry – Mike Falo 0W2, Gage Fromal 2W3, former Williamson masonry instructor Dan Hiltebeitel, Brendan Kneafsey 0W9, and Raymere Stewart 2W2; Carpentry – Ron Rinker 8W5 and Matt Boyce 9W2; and Electrical – Rob Fuhs and Ron Fichter of Goldhorn Electric. Also helping out, but not judging, were Paul Bowen 9W2 and Dan Dickinson 1W7.