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Triplett Tech students participated in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. From left, Dagan Stephens, Connie Pangle, Triplett Tech students participated in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Joseph Asbridge, Gary Kibler, Lucas Long (kneeling) Chris Hall, Joseph Foltz, Angel Viniegra-Quintanilla, Blake Dysart, Paje Cross.

Triplett Tech students from June 24 to June 28 participated in the national SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

Placing were: Joseph Asbridge, fourth in the nation in masonry post-secondary; Chris Hall, sixth in maintenance and light repair (Automotive Technology); Blake Dysart, 17th in industrial motor control; Andrew Daugherty, 11th in motorcycle service technology — post-secondary; and Angel Viniegra-Quintanilla, 21st in restaurant service.

“When you get to the national level it is intense competition, so to have two students place in the top 10 is exceptional,” said Triplett Tech principal Connie Pangle. “We are proud of all of our kids.”

Triplett Tech teachers attending with the Triplett Tech students were Paje Cross (culinary arts teacher), Dagan Stephens (electricity teacher), Gary Kibler (masonry teacher), Lucas Long (automotive technology teacher) and Pangle.

There were more than 6,300 career and technical education students competing in 103 trade, technical and leadership fields.

Shenandoah County Public Schools spokesperson Susan Smith that some of the students spent two eight hour days in competition.

The students still found time to visit Churchill Downs where they saw three horse races, Smith said.

– Contact Melissa Topey at mtopey@nvdaily.com