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April 16

April 16, 2019


Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager
531-MCC-2876, office
402-960-0697, cell

MCC students take home medals from state SkillsUSA competition

OMAHA, Neb. — Students from Metropolitan Community College took home medals in a variety of categories at the annual Nebraska SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference in Grand Island, Nebraska, April 11-13. Winners advance to the national championships this summer at the annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, a showcase of career and technical education students.

The competition featured high school and college students from across Nebraska. Participants worked against the clock and each other, attempting to prove their expertise in various fields. This year’s state winners from MCC are below, including high school dual enrollment students. Student hometowns are listed for those available.

Audio Radio Production
Team C – Bronze
Mike Cook and Adam Worden

Automotive Refinishing Technology
Paul Baltes, Gold;
Logan Boeker, Silver;
Talon Hardin, Silver, Omaha;
Terran Wiemers, Bronze

Automotive Service Technology
Cecil Haley, Silver, Omaha

Bret Gleason, Gold;
Jayden Larsen, Silver, Papillion;
Quinnton May, Silver, Bellevue

Chapter Display
Team A – Gold
Nikolay Dimitrov, Eric Harris and Matthew Lane

CNC Milling Specialist
Nolan Reynolds, Bronze
Wayne and Craig Spilker, Gold, Ashland

Collision Repair Technology
John Beberwyk, Silver, Bellevue;
Andy Estrada, Silver;
Alex Jerrett, Gold;
Cheyenne Purchase, Gold, Papillion

Diesel Equipment Technology
Andrew Hansen, Gold

Digital Cinema Production
Team A – Gold
Megan Dole, Omaha; and Katie Kocanda, Papillion
Team C – Bronze
Nathan Blizzard, Fort Calhoun; and Fox Reinecke, Omaha
Team D – Silver
Nick Madison and Florian Placzek, Omaha
Team J – Gold
Shaun Dart and Parker Barns, Wahoo

Electrical Construction Wiring
Seth Grimm, Silver, Gretna

Levi Moore, Bronze; and Aaron Winter, Silver

Matthew Lane, Silver; Nicholas Riha, Bronze; Jose Villa, Bronze, Omaha

Marc Emanuel, Bronze, Omaha; Stacy Kleffman, Silver, Missouri Valley, Iowa; Nicole Smith, Omaha

Chandler Cannon, Gold, Gretna; and Drew Wilderman, Silver

Prepared Speech
Kei’lah Sadler, Bronze

Television Video Production
Team B – Gold
Pat Cavaye and Liam Fenwick

Ivan Esparaza, Gold; Easton Fritz, Silver; Garrett Hahn, Bronze, Columbus; Grant Rice, Bronze, Papillion

Welding Fabrication
Team Y – Gold
Logan Davidson, Nolan Mattingly, Gretna, and Andrew Nelson
Team D – Silver
Kevin Bang, William Gray and Leah Reichwaldt

Welding Sculpture
Alex Matzke, Gold


Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest post-secondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.