Campus Notebook

Five KC students take first place honors in state SkillsUSA

Kishwaukee College students earned several top 10 place finishes, including five students who were first-place winners, in the Annual SkillsUSA Illinois State Leadership Conference and Championships held in Springfield.

The first place winners – Lauren Coon of Sycamore in Medical Terminology and in Health Occupations Professional Portfolio; Alex Olson of Maple Park, in Power Equipment Technology; and the team of Courtney Bolin of Kirkland, Hannah Miller of Oregon, and Victoria Rodriguez of Rochelle, in Crime Scene Investigation – will compete at the National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference and Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

SkillsUSA is a national, state, regional and local organization for technical, skilled, health and personal service occupations for students who are enrolled in high school and college. SkillsUSA has more than 300,000 members in more than 14,000 chapters. In Illinois, there are seven regions with 88 high school and college chapters representing 225 training sections.

Kishwaukee College students competed against community college students from across the state. In all, there were nearly 1,500 registered participants in Springfield, plus 300 business, industry, organized labor and education professionals supporting the competitors. The students competed in a wide range of events, including Leadership Development Contests, Skilled and Technical Science Contests, Health Contests, and Occupationally Related Contests. Kishwaukee College sent student competitors in several areas.

Kishwaukee College students who placed in the top 10 at the Illinois SkillsUSA competition were: Automotive Refinishing Technology – Adam Morgan of Sycamore, second place; Collision Repair Technology – Andrade Belemino of Marengo, fifth place; Crime Scene Investigation – team of Courtney Bolin, Hannah Miller and Victoria Rodriguez, first place; Health Occupations Professional Portfolio – Lauren Coon, first place; Medical Terminology – Lauren Coon, first place; and Power Equipment Technology – Alex Olson, first place; Matthew Barry of Sycamore, second place; and Samual Gardner of Sycamore, third place.

Students were recognized for their achievements at a special Awards Ceremony held April 29 in Springfield. Winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions as well as other awards – tools, equipment, prizes and scholarships – donated by education, labor and management organizations which support SkillsUSA.

For more information on SkillsUSA at Kishwaukee College, contact Greg Brink at 815-825-9416 or

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