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Marengo shines at Skills USA

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

It gives me great pleasure to write this letter after having returned from Springfield and the Skills USA state competitions.

Skills USA is an organization for high school and college students to join and compete in a huge variety of skill-related contests. These contests range from welding, automotive, machining or collision refinishing to culinary, CAD, public speaking or fire science technology.

There are so many contests for  students to display their talents, you have to see it to believe it. Many of the local schools have Skills USA chapters in place, and if you want to find out more or see how your school did, contact your local school.

Better yet, the Northwest Herald should feature all of the local winners, as we will see more tax revenue from these kids than we will from all of the locally produced future professional athletes that move out of the area.

I would like to thank our school’s administrators, the board and the community for their support of the CTE (Vocational) department. Marengo High School took seven students to Springfield and came back with a first, second, third and fourth in Collision Refinishing Technology, third in Precision Manufacturing Technology, and a seventh in Automotive Service Technology. Great job, Marengo.

As for all other school boards in the county, I challenge you to go see next year’s state competition. You just might rethink what you’re going to cut from the community’s curriculum.

Dan Schirmer

Auto, small gas engines and welding instructor, Marengo High School

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