The southwest district is so large and diverse in contest options that it takes six days and four host sites to complete the task of determining which students will represent the district in state competitions, to be held in March.
The planning and preparing begins at the onset of the school year. The contests begin with precision machining competitions held on Feb. 3 at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. On Feb. 9, students representing health occupations, computer maintenance and construction tech traveled to Crowder College in Neosho.
Southwest Area Career Center received 43 medals. Students placing first or second in a skilled contest will advance to competitions at the state level. Students placing first, second or third in leadership contests or occupational related contests or technical information contests will advance to compete at the state level. Placing first in a contest at state level in the skilled contests or leadership contests will qualify the winner to compete at the national level during the summer.
Results for leadership contests are: Tim Curry, Monett, first, action skills; Josh Krueger, Verona, second, action skills; Tarek Masri, Monett, second, extemporary speaking; Mitchell Cooper, Cassville, third, extemporary speaking; Kaylee Barnes, Monett, third, job skills demonstration related to program; Kayela Crocker, Wheaton, third, job skills demonstration open; Brandon Jackson, Cassville, third, prepared speech; Emma Verstraete, Monett, third, prepared speech; Jessica Ruch, Aurora, third, professional development technical information; and Enrique Pantoja, Cassville, third, leadership essay.
Occupational related contest results: Ashley Kuoppamaki, Marionville, second, medical math; Kyle Hayslip, Cassville, third, related technical math; Travis Moore, Marionville, third, technical spelling; and Emma Verstraete, Monett, first, medical math.
Skilled contest results: James Vaughn, Marionville, second, basic health care; Jaira Ragland, Cassville, first, basic health care; Cyler VanDenBerg, Harvest Christian Academy, third, carpentry; Melissa Brauer, Monett, second, commercial baking; Austin Broyles, Southwest, third, culinary arts; Tyler Lowery, Purdy, first, diesel equipment; Nikki Thompson, Cassville, first, nurse assisting; MacKenzie Lay, Monett, second, nurse assisting; Jordan Hancock, Monett, third, nurse assisting; Mitzi Soto, Verona, second, preschool teaching assistant; Abby Hearn, Monett, third, preschool teaching assistant; and Austin Nickell, Aurora, welding. Teamworks placed second and team members are: Zach Cross, Wheaton; Austin Hadley, Marionville; Cole Walden, Crane; and Brandon Wicker, Crane.
Technical information contest results: Laura Lopez, Cassville, first, advertising design; Drew Ezell, Mt. Vernon, first, carpentry; Zach Cross, Wheaton, third carpentry; Marcela Rangel, Monett, third, commercial baking; Oralia Selina Salas, Wheaton, second, commercial baking; Mayra Guerra, Monett, third, culinary arts; Austin Broyles, Southwest, first, culinary arts; Tyler Lowery, Purdy, first, diesel equipment; Will Turner, Monett, third, diesel equipment; Rebecca Erickson, Verona, third, food and beverage service; Megan Ebright, Marionville, second, food and beverage service; Kody Clines, Crane, third, precision machining; and Thomas Willis, Monett, first, precision machining.
The Southwest Area Career Center in Monett will host a special awards ceremony at 9:25 a.m. and 12:35 p.m. on March 6. Parents are invited to attend.