SkillsUSA 2019


20 TEC students earn medals at state; 8 will move on to nationals

Twenty TEC students brought home medals after competing at the state SkillsUSA Leadership Conference in Grand Rapids the weekend of April 6. TEC had 73 students compete. Eight gold medalists will go on to represent Michigan at the national SkillsUSA competition. State gold medalists competing in Louisville, KY in June are Riley Carrier, Elizabeth Ling, Zachary Renno, Ryan Alexander, Carter Spoutz, Scott Pitt, William Hall, and Dustin Cooney. Note: Not all state categories have national competitions.

SkillsUSA is a national non-profit organization that sees more than 310,000 high school and college students participate in programs that include skilled trades, technical, and service occupations. The SkillsUSA competition is an annual event designed to gauge students’ mastery of a variety of career-oriented skills as they prepare for careers in skilled trades, technical and service occupations.


Automotive Technology

  • Automotive Service Technology–Overall: Jacob Carr, St. Clair High senior, bronze

  Instructors: Brian Hunter, Jason Belfinger. ParaPros: Alex Super and Wayne McClelland

Collision Repair

  • Auto Refinishing: Haylee Peters, Memphis High senior, bronze

Instructor: Michael Parks. ParaPro: Steve Strickland  

Construction Trades

  • Electrical Construction Wiring: Sylvie Hurtubise, Marysville High junior, silver

Instructor: Ken Sygit and ParaPro: Mike Dowd


  • Cosmetology: Karleigh Rankin, Marysville High senior, bronze

Instructors: Beth Koski, Sue Colman. ParaPro: Kara Randall

Digital Media Technology

  • Audio Production (team): Riley Carrier, Port Huron High senior, and Elizabeth Ling, St. Clair High senior, gold
  • Audio Production (team): Caden Jansen, Port Huron Northern High senior, and Troy Voight, Port Huron High senior, bronze

Instructor: Lesley Murphy. ParaPro: Ann Frederick

Engineering and Robotics

  • Mechatronics (team): Ryan Alexander, Marysville High senior and Carter Spoutz, Memphis High senior, gold

  Instructor: Bob Timmerman. ParaPro: Maury Peck

Information Technology

  • Information Technology Services: Zachary Renno, Port Huron High junior, gold
  • Information Technology Services: Julian Justice, Port Huron High senior, bronze

Instructor: Dennis Klaas. ParaPro: Dan Johnson

Metal Machining Technology

  • CNC Milling Technology: Scott Pitt, Port Huron Northern High senior, gold
  • CNC Technician: William Hall, Port Huron High senior, gold
  • CNC Turning Technology: Dustin Cooney, Port Huron High senior, gold
  • Precision Machining Technology–Bench: Anthony Troia, senior, silver
  • Precision Machining Technology–Lathe: Grace McCarthy, Capac High junior, gold
  • Precision Machining Technology–Mill: Michael Bligh, Yale High junior, silver
  • Precision Machining Technology–Overall: Michael Miller, Marysville High junior, gold
  • Precision Machining Technology–Overall: Rachel Keuning, Blue Water Middle College senior, silver

  Instructor: Duane Emig. ParaPro: Marv Koob