Triplett Tech students advance to national competition

Triplett Tech students won a combined total of 10 first, second and third place awards at the recent Virginia SkillsUSA Conference in Virginia Beach. The participants were: Front row (held by other students): Hunter Runion. Row 2, from left: Skii Bohlman (helping hold Hunter), Faith Wolford, Nick Pabon, Summer Sypolt, Lilly Tharp, Logan Roberson, Trevor Adams. Row 3, from left: Nelson Barton, Morgan Stickley, Jacob Kimble, Tyler Baker, Tyler Baronowski , Brandon Trump, Sabrina Frantz, Katie LeDane, Justin Smith. Courtesy photo

Triplett Tech will see three students move on to national competition after they took first places awards in the 54th Annual Virginia SkillsUSA Conference in Virginia Beach on April 21.

“We are so proud to have these top-notch students who have demonstrated the highest skill level to compete among the best at Nationals SkillsUSA,” said Triplett Tech principal Connie Pangle.

Triplett Tech also saw six students win second place awards and one student take a third place award.

The first place winners were:

  • Summer Sypolt for first aid/CPR
  • Morgan Stickley for medical terminology
  • Logan Roberson for electrical construction wiring

Roberson said the hours leading up to the competition were the toughest part. He, along with everyone else, only slept a couple hours beforehand, using every bit of possible time to prepare.

He was, however, confident during the competition.

“I felt pretty all right. I knew it was something I could do. Only three people finished (the wiring competition),” Roberson said. “Once you find your grove, you’re good.”

Sypolt was not as confident.

“I did not think I was going to win, I was up against 14 others,” Sypolt said.

When her name was called, the others who were with her had to nudge her out of her chair.

They will represent Virginia at the National SkillsUSA Leadership conference in late June in Louisville, Kentucky.

“This is going to be hard because now everyone else I am competing against took first,” Sypolt said.

Her teachers are going to help her run through practice emergency scenarios to prepare her as much as possible, she said.

The second place awards in the competition went to:

  • Nick Pabon for extemporaneous speaking
  • Tyler Baronowski for bricklaying
  • Trevor Adams for job demonstration
  • Tyler Baker for industrial motor control
  • Sabrina Franz and Katie LeDane for promotional bulletin board
  • Lilly Tharp for job interview

Nelson Barton won a third place award for carpentry

Other participants were Skii Bohlman, Hunter Runion, Faith Wolford, Jacob Kimble, Brandon Trump, Justin Smith.

Participating at the Virginia SkillsUSA event were about 1,200 students from 82 schools in more than 115 contests.