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GRAFTON — A Grafton student has the opportunity to go to Atlanta this summer for the national SkillsUSA competition, but the community is being asked to make his dream trip possible by supporting the necessary funding.

Grafton High School seniors Owen Pryga and Michael Rose competed in the SkillsUSA State Finals earlier this month in the auto maintenance and light repair category, with Rose taking silver and Pryga winning the gold medal, qualifying him for the national SkillsUSA competition. held in Atlanta this month.


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“The national professional and technical organization, SkillsUSA, hosts state finals competitions, like the one held in Madison, where students can demonstrate their skill levels and 21st century technical know-how in more than 70 different career fields,” Nic Fullington, Grafton High School automotive service technology instructor, said in a statement after the April state competition.

National SkillsUSA competition includes more than 7,000 students from across the country competing in 70 different categories, and Pryga will represent Wisconsin in maintenance and light repair.

Although Pryga has earned its place in the competition, the national competition is not funded. Now he and his instructor are trying to raise the funds to compete in the SkillsUSA National Finals.

“The trip to National SkillsUSA in late June is an honor, but not funded,” Fullington wrote in a recent statement. “Anyone or business wishing to sponsor our trips, accommodations and registration, which total over $6,000, are welcome to contact me at [email protected] Your tax-deductible donation to this worthy effort is always appreciated,” he said.

In the state competition earlier this spring, Pryga and Rose competed in shifts including engine overhaul, air conditioning, manual and automatic transmission, brakes, suspension and steering, electrical and electronic systems. , engine performance, job interview, electronic data retrieval and a written automotive test.

In addition to Pryga and Rose’s top two finishes in the in-state automobile, junior Waylon Smith of Grafton High School competed in the cabinetmaking category and placed sixth.

According to the SkillsUSA website: “SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. We help every student to excel. A national nonprofit education association, SkillsUSA serves middle school, high school, and college/post-secondary students preparing for careers in the skilled trades, techniques, and services.

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