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White Knoll students participate and win in prestigious National Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta, Georgia

White Knoll, SC 07/04/2024 - A team of Architectural and Engineering students from White Knoll High School recently attended the 2024 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta Georgia. This annual event includes over 6000 State Champions from all across the country taking part in over 115 different competitions. It is the culminating event for SkillsUSA and celebrates the accomplishments of Skills students nationwide.

SkillsUSA is the #1 workforce development organization for students. It empowers students to become skilled professionals, career-ready leaders and responsible community members. It represents nearly 400,000 career and technical education students and teachers, SkillsUSA chapters thrive in middle schools, high schools and college/postsecondary institutions nationwide.

Our engineering students were part of a contest called Additive Manufacturing, this is a contest involving design, 3D printing, post The school were part of aof a contest called Additive Manufacturing, this is a contest involving design, 3D printing, post processing and an end of contest presentation. Seniors Joshua Ridley and Matthew Queen were participating for White Knoll in this competition. and an end of contest presentation. This was a three day event for them and each day they had separate goals to achieve. Day one, which was Tuesday, required teams to produce a Nationals pin which was printed using a resin printer in what is called a mini-challenge. They were also tasked with producing their first design which they chose as a flashlight design. On Wednesday it was announced that they had finished 2nd overall in the mini-challenge. They also worked during the day on revising their initial Flashlight design. On Thursday they were required to present their design and process to a panel of judges from the SME Foundation and also from Stratsys, one of the biggest 3D printer companies in the US. The judges really enjoyed their presentation and their design was used as an example to other teams in the competition. So far the week was going really well for them.

Friday was the awards ceremony for the NLSC and when it came to awards for Additive Manufacturing, the WK team was called to the stage along with Ohio and Illinois. This was the WKHS' first time ever being called to the stage and meant the worst they could get would be the Bronze medal. But, when awards were announced, the White Knoll High School team won the Gold medal and was named National Champions! This was their first ever National Championship in SkillsUSA competition. WKHS is so proud of their students for their hard work and dedication to success. They represented White Knoll High School proudly by scoring 96.05% out of a possible 100% score. These students will be attending Clemson University to study Mechanical Engineering in the upcoming year.

As a side note, there was another former White Knoll High School Architecture student competing in Architectural Drafting, Dylan Stokes. Dylan currently attends Midlands Technical College and had also won the state championship in his competition. He was the first ever Architectural student to participate for Midlands Tech and he placed 3rd in Architectural Drafting becoming the first MTC student to place in their first NLSC competition with SkillsUSA.


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