Washburn Tech Student Wins Silver Medal

July 1, 2016

Topeka, Kan. – A Washburn Tech student is polishing his hardware from the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky. William May, of Topeka, won a silver medal in the Automotive Refinishing Technology competition. He graduated from Washburn Tech’s auto collision program this past spring.

May was among 26 Washburn Tech students who competed in the event, which occurred June 20-24.  The annual competition is a showcase of career and technical education students from around the country.

To compete at the national level, students had to win a gold medal in SkillsUSA state competition in April.  Contestants work against the clock and each other while proving their expertise in occupations such as computer technology, cabinetmaking, precision machining, culinary arts and advertising design. It is designed to highlight the best career and technical students in each state and eventually the nation.

More than 16,000 students, teachers and business partners participated in the week-long event. Approximately 6,000 of that number are outstanding students who will compete in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies that are set by industry.