Two C-I students advance to National SkillsUSA

Congratulations to the Cambridge-Isanti High School students who participated at the 45th annual SkillsUSA Minnesota Leadership and Skills Conference the weekend of March 23-25.

Andrew Pflipsen and Jimmy Zukauska won their State SkillsUSA competitions and will be attending the national conference in Kansas City in June.

Over 700 students and advisors from high schools and colleges around the state were on hand competing in more than 70 competitions. $461,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded on Sunday to competitors.

CIHS had 15 students participate in two general and five skills competitions. The top three winners in each area bought home 13 medals and several thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes.

The contests and places are as follows: Carpentry: Andrew Pflipsen 1st, Skye Hunt-Schuft 3rd. Construction Blueprint Reading: Skye Hunt-Schuft 2nd Andrew Pflipsen 3rd. Mechanical Dexterity: Ryan Schusted 1st,  Joe Hunt 2nd, Skye Hunt-Schuft 3rd.

Precision Machining:  Noah Olson 2nd, Linda Todd 3rd. Welding: Jimmy Zukauska 1st, Tyler Matzer 3rd, Joe Hunt Honorable Mention. Welding Sculpture: Ryan Schusted 2nd,  Donny Hewitt 3rd.

The CIHS team competing at the State SkillsUSA competition (Row 1, l-r): Skye Hunt-Schuft, Joe Hunt, Ryan Schusted, Donny Hewitt, (Row 2) Noah Olson, Jimmy Zukauska, Vern Maslow, Anthony Adams, Tyler Matzer, Linda Todd, (Row 3) Andrew Pflipsen, Jake Olson, Atul Oslund, Forrest Kalk.

Congrats to Jimmy Zukauska and Andrew Pflipsen. They will be representing CIHS and Minnesota at the 48th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo.  The national conference will be June 23-27.

CIHS graduates and St. Cloud Technical College Welding students Scott Holland and Calvin Waligora also competed and placed at State. Calvin took home Honorable Mention in Welding Sculpture, and Scott won both Mechanical Dexterity and Welding. Scott will be representing St. Cloud Tech and Minnesota in June.