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JWU Competes and Wins at 2018 SkillsUSA Conference

JWU’s SkillsUSA competitors and advisors at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville.

7/3/2018 | The 2018 SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference drew more than 6,000 students from across the US — all regional winners in their career field — to Louisville, Kentucky, to compete in more than 100 different tests of leadership, technical and trade competencies. This year, 12 JWU students — the highest number in attendance to date — competed or took part in leadership events.

Every JWU competitor placed in the top 10 nationally in their respective categories, and a total of 3 earned medals:

  • Shaina Flanagan, newly-elected state officer, earned Silver in Prepared Speech
  • Drew DuBoff earned Silver in Restaurant Service
  • Katelyn Roy earned Bronze in Customer Service

Other accolades for JWU competitors included:

  • Giovanna Aponte: 6th place in Commercial Baking
  • Genesis Rosario: 6th place in Job Skills Demonstration
  • Benjamin Lind: 8th place in Information Technology Services
  • Wilfredo Ortiz, Jake Abbruzzi and Josiah Sanders: 6th place in Promotional Bulletin Board
  • Karlisle Wilbur: 9th place in Advertising Design
  • Sara Kephart: 9th place in Culinary Arts

In addition, Daylan Torres won the qualifying round in Commercial Baking, securing his spot to represent the USA at WorldSkills 2019, which will be held in Kazan, Russia.

Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management grad Josie Wolfe ’18 completed her term as SkillsUSA National President with a segment on local Louisville affiliate WHAS-TV — watch her discuss the value of SkillsUSA involvement here.

Brooke Gatchell, who served as an officer at the local level, was elected to national office; her role is still to be determined.

SkillsUSA + NSOs at JWU
SkillsUSA is a student-run organization that focuses on equipping students with the technical, academic and personal skills to succeed in their chosen careers — skills that ensure that they are job-ready from Day 1. Learn more about getting involved in SkillsUSA and other National Student Organizations (NSOs) at JWU:


Daylan Torres with Baking & Pastry Instructor Christina Harvey

Daylan Torres and Giovanna Aponte practicing for the Baking competition

Outgoing National SkillsUSA President Josie Wolfe '18 with Daylan Torres

JWU’s SkillsUSA group, post-competition.

Topics: Academic Honors National Student Organizations (NSOs)