Students Win National Competition
Pictured left to right: Doug Conrad, Automotive Instructor,
with students Alizé Hall, Mattias Anderson, Taylor Forwalter, Zach Alconero,
William Hedden, Tanner Little and Sarah Gray. Not pictured: Richard Kokoletsos.
Butte College students won a national career and technical education competition placing first and second place in engineering and robotics categories. Competing with over 6,000 competitors from across the country, the engineering, technology and design team won a gold medal at the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky. The urban search and rescue/robotics team took home second place in the nation in its category. Student teams comprised of Zachary Alconero, Alizé Hall, and Richard Kokoletsos placed first on the engineering team, while Mattias Anderson and Taylor Forwalter earned silver medals on the robotics team. A total of eight Butte College students competed at the event including students Sarah Gray and Tanner Little who competed in the TV video production category while student Erik Hedden participated in the extemporaneous speaking category.
Alconero, Hall, and Kokoletsos competed against 31 teams in a competition in which they built a small four-wheeled vehicle and then had to re-create the vehicle, but replicate it at half the speed of the original. The team also presented about two human-powered propellers which they created that can be put on a kayak or boat.
Butte College automotive instructor Doug Conrad traveled with the students to Kentucky and he said the teams’ victory was exciting and special.
“This is the first time Butte College has placed at the national SkillsUSA competition and our students gave it their all and it showed. I’m so proud of their achievements,” said Conrad. “Our students did an amazing job and are learning valuable leadership skills that they can take anywhere.”