Students earn awards in Minnesota SkillsUSA competition

Apr 11, 2023 | 1:13 PM
Alexandria College students earned 23 first-place, 18 second-place, and 13 third-place awards. Fourteen students advance to nationals in June, plus a State Officer.

Career and technical education students from across Minnesota brought home medals from the 2023 SkillsUSA State Leadership & Skills Conference.

The 2023 state championships were held across the Twin Cities Metro area on March 31 and April 1, 2023. The annual SkillsUSA conference was a showcase of career and technical education (CTE) students in our state where 268 outstanding students competed in 53 different trade, technical and leadership events

During the state SkillsUSA competition, the CTE students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. All contests are run by SkillsUSA with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, testing competencies set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings using parliamentary procedure. Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and scholarships to further their careers and education. The annual championships event is for middle school, high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.

State first-place (gold medal) winners are eligible to compete at the national SkillsUSA Championships, which will be held in Atlanta, GA in June. Students marked with ** will advance to nationals.

Automated Manufacturing Technology

  • **1st Place Team – Axel Anderson, Josh Berzinski, Ivan Engleson
  • 2nd Place Team – Jerome Hilgemann, Micah Roux, Kyle Serich


  • **1st Place – Luke Laing


  • **1st Place – Kody Herbst
  • 2nd Place – Jacob Moeller
  • 3rd Place – Nick Tougas

CNC – Milling

  • **1st Place – Axel Anderson
  • 2nd Place – Kyle Serich

CNC Programmer

  • **1st Place – Kyle Serich
  • 2nd Place – Kurt Haugen
  • 3rd Place – Jerome Hilgemann

CNC – Turning

  • **1st Place – Kurt Haugen
  • 2nd Place – Ivan Engleson
  • 3rd Place – Micah Roux

Construction Blueprint Reading (State Only)

  • 1st Place – Jacob Moeller
  • 2nd Place – Kody Herbst
  • 3rd Place – Carter Schiffler

Extemporaneous Speaking

  • 2nd Place – Joshua Isaacson

Machine Trades Blueprint Reading (State Only)

  • 1st Place – Noah Netzke
  • 2nd Place – Raymond Nowacki
  • 3rd Place – Miles Walter

Machine Trades Blueprint Reading – High School Division (State Only)

  • 1st Place – Tia Bomstad


  • **1st Place Team – Logan Schuelke, Ethan Wachlin
  • 2nd Place Team – Levi Erickson, Jacob Stanghelle

Motorcycle Service Technology

  • **1st Place – Aaron Golden
  • 2nd Place – Charlie Meyer
  • 3rd Place – Evan Shores

Power Equipment Technology

  • **1st Place – Luke Johnson
  • 3rd Place – Bo Dahlheimer

Precision Machining (State only)

  • 1st Place – Claton Fisk
  • 2nd Place – Devan Liebeg
  • 3rd Place – Jacob Furth

Related Technical Math

  • 2nd Place – William Bearson

Related Technical Math – High School Division

  • **1st Place – Tia Bomstad

Snowmobile Service Technology (State only)

  • 1st Place – Daniel Townsend
  • 2nd Place – Luke Johnson
  • 3rd Place – Colton Nelson

Technical Drafting

  • **1st Place – Noah Netzke
  • 2nd Place – William Bearson
  • 3rd Place – Christian Kuball

Technical Drafting – High School Division

  • **1st Place – Tia Bomstad
  • 3rd Place – Victoria McGrane

Trade Math (State only)

  • 1st Place – Raymond Nowacki
  • 2nd Place – Noah Netzke
  • 3rd Place – Miles Walter

Trade Math – High School Division (State only)

  • 1st Place – Tia Bomstad

Welding – High School Division

  • 3rd Place – Colton Cavers


About SkillsUSA Minnesota

SkillsUSA Minnesota has a statewide membership of 575 students and professional members representing 37 high school and post-secondary institutions in 22 counties. Members have consistently demonstrated their expertise and professionalism while participating throughout the year in a variety of leadership and competitive conferences.

SkillsUSA’s mission is to SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of the nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Our vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success.

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