Lassen High School students headed to national SkillsUSA competition
Green won a gold medal in internetworking and Lattin won a gold medal in the welding combination conference, which SkillsUSA advisor Eugene Perkins explained as three contests combined into one competition.
“It was very impressive,” Perkins said.
For the welding competition, Lattin said students, had to complete a portfolio, take a written test and a knowledge test about SkillsUSA.
He then had to participate in mig, tig and stick welding competitions.
During the competition, Lattin welded from different angles and was given a limited amount of time for each contest and was judged on accuracy, quality and appearance.
Prior to the competition, Lattin said he practiced at school every day and on Tuesdays and Thursday at Lassen Community College in addition to studying welding books.
He is now preparing for the national competition and said he is practicing as much as he can.
The students also have to take their own equipment and fund their own trip.
Lattin said he has been fortunate to have people support him and give him money and equipment.
MJB Welding Company sponsored him by giving him a “top of the line” welding helmet, gloves and a jacket and his neighbor gave him $100.
For winning a gold medal, Lattin received a $1,000 scholarship to WyoTech and $200 from a welding company to help pay for his trip to nationals.
Lattin said he is still looking for people to sponsor him as the funds will cover his plane tickets, hotel rooms and food. In addition, the students are also hoping to catch a baseball game while in Missouri.
For his competition, Green had to configure two ATM machines to talk to each other and then encrypt it so a hacker couldn’t get the information.
He also had to make three different cables in 25 minutes, take an online test and do a technical assistance call.
Green also earned a $7,000 scholarship to DeVry University. He will also be going to the national conference as a national office candidate.
Prior to the conference, Green said he will be attending training and will then lead a campaign during the conference.
Green said he will be giving speeches everyday before 200 to 300 people from around the country and will answer problematic questions while tying in how to be a leader in the answer.
He will then have to take a knowledge test and those who score 75 percent or higher will be placed on a ballot and the delegates will get a chance to vote.
If Green is selected as an officer, he will be inaugurated in July and will attend training sessions around the country four times a year.
Green is also looking for sponsors for the trip.
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