King, Laycock Take Gold, 4 SWWC Students Finish Top 4 at SkillsUSA

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 04/18/2019 - 03:30
Pictured are Chris Laycock, Joey Yaklin, Emma King and Ruth Sullivan - all of whom earned medals at the SkillsUSA state championships in Grand Rapids.

Four South and West Washtenaw Consortium students visited Grand Rapids for the SkillsUSA Championships. All four came home with medals.

“This is the first time that all four students have finished top three in the state,” said Steve Vasiloff, who teaches computer aided drafting, computer integrated manufacturing and related topics at the SWWC at SHS.

Emma King and Ruth Sullivan earned the highest honors in technical drafting. High school and college students compete in different divisions but work on the same problem. King won gold in the high school division and also scored higher than the gold medal winner in the college division. As the top placer in both divisions, she was awarded a Herman Miller office chair valued at $1,255 and a CAD Spacemouse joystick/mouse valued at $430. King will represent Michigan at nationals in Louisville this June.

Sullivan finished right behind King, earning Silver. She is the first student in program history to become a two-time medalist. She also received a CAD Spacemouse.

In architectural drawing, Chris Laycock and Joey Yaklin both placed, with Laycock winning gold. Laycock is the first student in school history to win gold in architecture. He’ll represent Michigan in the nationals in Louisville.

Yaklin finished third and earned a special mention from his teacher.

“I have to give him a special shout-out because he and I have been working together all year to expand my architecture curriculum to cover every competency from the last five years of SkillsUSA Architecture problems .  Much of this consisted of deciding on the competency I wanted my students to know with our software, and having Joey figure out the best methods for accomplishing it.  We would not be representing Michigan at nationals if it wasn't for Joey,” Vasiloff said.


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