AHS SkillsUSA team makes a strong showing


At the 2013 SkillsUSA National Conference last week in Kansas City, Mo., Aberdeen High School had its most successful year since it has been sending a contingent of students, finishing in the top 10 and for the third time in four years, seeing an AHS student elected to national office.

Senior Erika Nelson was voted the SkillsUSA Region Five vice- president. AHS students Kate Grimnes was elected national president in 2011 and Karmen Ayres was elected national vice president in 2012. Nelson’s duties will involve traveling throughout the country to promote SkillsUSA and planning for the 2014 National Conference. Nelson will fly to Leesburg, Va. for national officer training at the end of July.

Students who received outstanding recognition were Jenna Prater and Kristina Davis, who placed fifth in the nation in the Audio/Radio Production Competition. They also received Skill Point Certification, an industry recognized employment standard based off of their Industry standards written test. Aberdeen senior Kellen Schroeder placed fifth in the nation in major appliance and refrigeration. Hoquiam graduate and AHS industrial engineering student Riley Talevich placed 13th in electrical construction wiring and received his Skill Point certification. Tommy Ryan placed 20th in the nation in the categories of heating,ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration.

Also honored, was Chuck Veloni, the Aberdeen SkillsUSA Adviser, who was recognized as the Region Five adviser of the year and as one of the top five advisers in the nation at the opening ceremony on June 26.

He was also one of the presenters at the SkillsUSA University Seminar with his presentation, “What Makes a Great SkillsUSA Advisor.”