Triplett Tech student fares well at national competition

Zachary Biggs

Zachary Biggs, a recent Strasburg High School and Triplett Tech graduate, recently walked away with an award from the 2017 SkillsUSA Championships held June 19-23 in Louisville, Kentucky.

After winning the state championship in carpentry, Biggs was pitted against 45 of the best high school carpenters in the country. After the sawdust settled, Biggs walked away with a Skill Point Certificate and a fifth place finish.

“It was a really big thing,” Biggs said. “It was a lot of fun and I’m really glad I got to do it.”

Biggs completed the two year carpentry program at Triplett. He now plans to join the Marines, where he wants to put his carpentry skills to use as a combat engineer. He also wants to own his own business one day.

According to their website, SkillsUSA, formerly known as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, was founded in 1965 “by students and teachers who were serious about their professions and saw the need for more training in the areas of leadership to complement their chosen vocation.” The name was changed to SkillsUSA in September 2004. Since it’s inception, “SkillsUSA has served more than 12.5 million annual members cumulatively since 1965.”