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April 21, 2010

Cowley students place first at SkillsUSA State Contest


Curtis Cook, Zach Goodwin, and Cody ShireThree Cowley College/Arkansas City High School students recently placed first at the SkillsUSA State Contest held in Wichita.

By placing first in the Automated Manufacturing Skills competition, Curtis Cook, Zach Goodwin, and Cody Shire qualified to compete at the SkillsUSA National Contest in Kansas City, which will be held at the end of June.

The three students are seniors at Arkansas City High School, but are also taking classes at Cowley College. According to Cowley College Machine Tool instructor, Ricky Squires, the trio had to draft a part, write a CNC (Computed Numerically Controlled) program and machine it on the CNC machine.

“The three students that competed did very well, they were the only high school group to compete in this category,” Squires said. “The rest of the competitors were post secondary students. This was also accomplished with an alternate team member. I would like to congratulate them for their win and they now know that their hard work in class pays off.”

Brad Aue, a post secondary student from Cowley’s main campus, also competed at the state contest in precision machining. While, Alex Stephan, senior student from Maize High School placed third overall in the State SkillsUSA Automotive Service Technology Contest. He is a second year student at Cowley’s Mulvane campus and is scheduled to complete the program in June.

The remaining Cowley Automotive students also fared well with each placing in the top-10.

Joe Clasen, NDT instructor, is confident Cowley’s first place finishers at the SkillsUSA State contest will do well at the national competition.

“They are bright kids and will form a good team at nationals,” Clasen said. “I can see all three of them doing well.”

Pictured, from left, Curtis Cook, Zach Goodwin, and Cody Shire.