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L&C students excel in SkillsUSA competition

Skills USA award picsThe City of St. Charles District student Ethan Holmes was awarded a 2nd place medal after the recent completion of the SkillsUSA Eastern Missouri District competition.

  Overall, 112 Lewis & Clark students competed in over 25 different district-level competitions, with 11 Lewis & Clark students earning a first place, gold-medal. Students competed in a variety of technical, hands-on, written, and oral competitions that related directly to their program of study at Lewis & Clark.  Many of the medal winners will compete again against district winners from around the state at the SkillsUSA Missouri State Leadership and Skills Conference in Linn, Missouri from April 4-6.

“What an amazing couple of days of competition! We are extremely proud of our students!” said Martin Hanley, director of Lewis & Clark Career Center. “Their work ethic and perseverance was evident in every aspect of the competitions. The results are a reflection of the daily hard work and dedication from both staff and students .”

Students who place first or second are automatically eligible to compete at the state competitions.  In some competitions, third place also qualifies for state.  More than a dozen state competitors qualified to compete based on their performance on a nationally-normed industry assessment in their area along with a strong recommendation from their Lewis & Clark instructor.  

SkillsUSA describes their organization as a “partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. We provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms.”  Specific information about each competition area can be found at  

The Lewis & Clark Career Center provides career and technical education for St. Charles County juniors and seniors from all five school districts in St. Charles County. For more information, visit 

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