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Aberdeen wins big at 2015 SkillsUSA National Skills Leadership Conference in Louisville, KY

June 30, 2015 - Jonathon Ball became Aberdeen High School’s first ever SkillsUSA National Champion when he won the gold medal in Automotive Service Technology at the SkillsUSA National Competition held this past week in Louisville, KY. Only a junior, Jonathon competed against fifty-two other contestants in fifteen different events ranging from air-conditioning to manual transmissions. Jonathon walked away with over $55,000 in scholarships and $7,500 in tools, including a Dell computer with Toyota diagnostic software. Jonathon received a scholarship from Universal Technical Institute in Arizona for $30,000 and a full ride scholarship from Lincoln Technical Institute in Colorado approximately valued at $25,000. At the state conference back in April, Jonathon won a $10,000 scholarship for UTI and $400 in tools and prizes. Jonathon’s instructor is Mark Sundstrom and his parents are Brian and Susan Ball. By winning the national title, Jonathon becomes eligible to compete at the World Skills Championships that will be held in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

In addition to his personal winnings, Jonathon also won a 2014 Cadillac ATS Luxury AWD Sedan for the Aberdeen High School Auto Shop. The Cadillac, valued at $45,000, will be used for educational training purposes.

Joining Jonathon on the awards stand was Jacob Izatt, a recent Montesano graduate. Jacob won the bronze medal in Major Appliance and Refrigeration. Jacob had just completed his second year in the Electrical and Refrigeration Careers class offered at Aberdeen High School through the Twin Harbor’s Branch of New Market Skills Center. Jacob won over $500 in prizes and also received a full ride scholarship for Lincoln Technical Institute in Colorado valued at approximately $25,000. Last year Jacob finished fourth in the nation in this same event. Jacob’s instructor is Chuck Veloni and his parents are Jay and Sheri Izatt.

Also receiving outstanding recognition was recent Hoquiam Graduate, Ryan Talevich, another member of the Electrical and Refrigeration Careers offered at Aberdeen High School. Ryan earned the Skill Point Certification, which is an industry recognized standard, in Electrical Construction Wiring. Ryan finished twenty-sixth overall and received over $1,000 in prizes. Ryan’s parents are Mark and Tammy Talevich.

Also competing for the Bobcats was recent Aberdeen graduate, Daniel Sipe. Daniel competed in Heating, Ventilation, Air-Condition and Refrigeration where he finished in twenty-fifth place and received over $250 in prizes. Daniel is a student in the Electrical and Refrigeration Careers class at Aberdeen High School. Daniel’s parents are Scott and Connie Sipe.

The Aberdeen High School Chapter of SkillsUSA would like to thank all of those who helped these students achieve their goal of demonstrating excellence at a national level.

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