NDSCS students earn top awards at SkillsUSA Nationals

North Dakota State College of Science students recently earned top honors at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC).

Austin Olin and Stacey Rustand of Fargo, N.D., and Isaac Rutten of Perham, Minn., each earned first place while David Lohstreter of Wahpeton, N.D., earned second in the recent SkillsUSA National Competition held in Louisville, Ky., in mid-June.

Olin, a Powersports Technology student, secured a gold medal in the Motorcycle Service Technology category, while Rustand, a Culinary Arts student, earned a gold medal for her performance in the Culinary Arts category. Rutten, a Precision Machining Technology student, secured a gold medal in the CNC Turning Specialist category, while Lohstreter, another Precision Machining Technology student, earned a silver medal for his performance in the CNC Milling Specialist category.

The students were advised by NDSCS instructors Lee Larson and Steve Johnson.

More than 6,000 students competed for national recognition in the 51st annual SkillsUSA NLSC in 100 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as electronics, precision machining, public speaking and culinary arts. Contests were run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies set by industry.

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