GHS students net gold, silver medals at Skills USA

By 
CONNOR CARYNSKI
Ozaukee Press Staff

Three Grafton High School students placed well at the state Skills USA competition.

In the competition, technology and engineering focused students from high schools and technical colleges throughout the state compete in more than 70 different career-related events.

GHS seniors Michael Rose and Owen Pryga and junior Waylon Smith competed in their respective areas at the Allianz Energy Center in Madison.

Smith placed sixth in a seven-hour-long cabinet-making competition where he constructed a nightstand from raw materials.

Rose and Pryga brought home silver and gold medals, respectively, in a maintenance and light repair competition. In the competition, students rotated through 12 automotive stations over the course of four hours to diagnose problems, find solutions and make repairs to different equipment.

The stations included engine overhaul, air conditioning, manual and automatic drive line, brakes, suspension and steering, electrical and electronic systems, engine performance, job interviews, electronic data retrieval and a written automotive test.

Pryga’s win at the state level opens the door for him to compete at the National Skills USA conference in Atlanta in June where more than 7,000 students from across the country vie for the title of best in the nation.

Pryga will be Wisconsin’s maintenance and light repair competitor at the national event.

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