DHS SkillsUSA found Gold in Wahpeton

Architecture drafting students who won the state champion

By: Maggie Lehman, Drafting Instructor at Dickinson High School

Dickinson High School SkillsUSA competed in Wahpeton on the campus of NDSCS, March 26-28th. Students competed in Welding, Carpentry, Architectural Drafting, Power Equipment, Welding Fabrication, Job Skill Demonstration, Pin Design, Welding Sculpture, Related Technical Math, Job Interview, Plumbing and Prepared Speech. 

Students prepare all year for the opportunity to place first and represent North Dakota at the National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA in June.

Dickinson had top-place finishes in the following competitions:

  • 1st Power Equipment Technology - Hunter Moreno
  • 1st Welding Sculpture - Justin Wardell
  • 1st Architectural Drafting - Lucas Shilman
  • 1st Job Skill Demonstration - Sage Morton
  • 2nd Power Equipment Technology - Dillon Praus
  • 2nd Architectural Drafting - Kelby Gion
  • 2nd Related Technical Math - Elijah Ricks
  • 2nd Plumbing - Kaden Hintz
  • 3rd Architectural Drafting - Ella Sickler
  • 3rd Pin Design - Aria Sickler
  • 3rd Related Technical Math - Bailey Binstock
  • 3rd Prepared Speech - Bailey Binstock

Alongside the competition portion of the conference are the leadership opportunities for students. Becoming a state officer is a leadership option open to all student members. These are students that want the challenge of leading our student organization. 

This year, Bailey Binstock was elected from Dickinson High School to join this elite team and bring representation from the western part of the state. Other students that help in this process are our voting delegates. Each school is allowed (2) voting delegates. This year, DHS had Sage Morton and Aria Sickler, with Elijah Ricks as an alternate. They conduct their meetings using parliamentary procedure and were exposed to business meeting etiquette.

The Dickinson High School advisors are:

  • Scott Schmidt – Building Trades
  • Clarence Hauck – Welding
  • Jakob Ohl – PowerSports
  • Maggie Lehman – Drafting
  • Jonah Nelson - Diesel