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M State students score high in national Skills USA competition

Two cosmetology students and one electronics technology student from M State - Wadena scored high in the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City in June.

Sandy Johnson of Parkers Prairie and her model, Charity Bertram of Fergus Falls, placed fourth out of 16 competitors in the nail category at the college level. Shana Pietz of Staples and her model, Lysa Conner of Motley, competed at the high school level and placed 12th out of 27 competitors.

Jeremy Miller of Staples placed sixth in electronics technology, competing against 32 other college students.

All three qualified for the national competition by winning gold medals in their state Skills contests.

"The competition at national level is extremely tough, but our students did an excellent job of representing M State," said cosmetology instructor Bobbie Salo. "This is the first time M State has participated in the national SkillsUSA nail competition, so we were extremely proud to be sending students to compete at both the high school and college levels."

Computer and networking instructor Janet Johnson said Miller also obtained his customer service specialist national certification during the competition.

"The electronics technology competition is very challenging, and it was impressive watching Jeremy perform well in all phases of the competition," Johnson said.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that serves teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. More than 5,000 students from all 50 states competed in 91 contests during the June event, which was held in conjunction with the National Leadership and Skills Conference.