The Lake Mills Middle School started a SkillsUSA chapter three years ago. Skills USA is an organization for technology and engineering students to join to further their technical and professional skills and compete against other students in the state and nation.

The first year there were four members, the second year there were seven members and this year there are 13 members.

“Interest has continued to grow and our students have really excelled this year,” said Chris Page, SkillsUSA advisor.

Thirteen students from the Lake Mills Middle School SkillsUSA chapter competed at the State SkillsUSA Leadership Conference in Madison last week. Student participated in events such as woodworking display, model rocketry, welding sculpture, CO2dragsters and 3D Printing. The students and the categories they won are as follows:

3D Printing and Design Middle School: Silver — Mason Levake

Welding Sculpture Middle School: Silver — Jesse Topel

Woodworking Display $51-$149 — Middle School: Bronze — Kaden Wierl

Woodworking Display $0-$50 — Middle School: Gold — Kathryn Czerniak

Czerniak will represent Wisconsin at the National SkillsUSA conference in June in Louisville.

The event featured nearly 1,800 middle and high school students participating in over 80 skilled and technical trades competitions.

SkillsUSA Wisconsin, with nearly 4,000 members in over 180 chapters, is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. Helping each student excel and a solution to shrinking the skills gap, SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations.

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