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Fairfield Career Center to Send 21 Students to SkillsUSA Regionals

A male student poses next to a toolbox full of supplies that was won as part of his finish at SkillsUSA Regionals.Kole M. (Canal Winchester) took third place at his SkillsUSA Regional event, qualifying him for the state competition.

February 23, 2023  |  EFCTS

Fairfield Career Center held its local SkillsUSA competition and now has its slate of students ready to represent the school at the SkillsUSA regional competition set for March 4, 2023, at Eastland Career Center. A total of 21 students have earned the privilege and have chosen to compete at the next level of the SkillsUSA competitions, while a handful of students also qualified for the state competition.

Fairfield Career Center held its local competition within its own walls in late January. First-place finishers in each qualifying event not only got to celebrate a victory but also were extended the chance to move on to the regional competition. 

Malachi Holewinski (Sr., Reynoldsburg) took first place in both events he competed in, which included the First Aid/CPR and the Job Interview events. By rule, he is only allowed to compete in one event at the regional level and chose to move on in the Job Interview event. 

Twenty of his classmates will join him at Eastland Career Center on March 4, 2023, for the regional competition. 

Some of the events held during the local competition are referred to as “straight to state” competitions in which the winner will advance past the regional competition and automatically qualify for the SkillsUSA Ohio state conference. Eight FCC students took top honors in those respective events and will now prepare to showcase their skills on April 25-26, 2023. On an individual level, Automotive junior Isaac Rowley (Fairfield Christian Academy) took first in the Maintenance and Light Repair event, while seniors Steve Schulze (Reynoldsburg) and Shalyn Newell (Bloom-Carroll) placed first in the HVAC/R and Dental Assisting categories, respectively.

Rounding out the straight-to-state qualifiers was a team of five Cosmetology students that took first place in the Quiz Bowl. The team was comprised of juniors Alexiya Lucas (Fairfield Union), Naomi Watson (Pickerington Central) and Katelynn Tipple (Fairfield Union) and seniors Tori Glover (Pickerington Central) and Aliza Bracewell (Pickerington North).

Senior Kole Mustard (Canal Winchester, Construction) had a tight turnaround for his regional competition after placing first overall in the local carpentry event. On February 17, he was the first to compete in the regional round and proudly reported back a third-place finish, which now qualifies him for SkillsUSA states. 

While the events were held only on a local level and do not advance to the regional competition, juniors Charles Cross (Fairfield Union) and Clayton Groff (Amanda-Clearcreek) took first in the junior-level Criminal Justice competition while junior Aiden Moore (Bloom-Carroll) won the junior-level HVAC/R competition. 

A complete list of regional and state qualifiers is outlined below.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. A nonprofit national education association, SkillsUSA serves middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. SkillsUSA serves more than 333,527 students and instructors annually. SkillsUSA has served nearly 14 million annual members cumulatively since 1965 and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor as a successful model of employer-driven workforce development.

Name (Year, Homeschool, Program) - Event, Rank

Mason Lutz (Sr., Amanda-Clearcreek, Automotive) - Automotive Service Technology, 1st

Kole Mustard (Sr., Canal Winchester, Construction) - Carpentry, 1st $

KeAnne Smith (Jr., Groveport Madison, Cosmetology) - Cosmetology, 1st

Jada Hoskins (Sr., Bloom-Carroll, Criminal Justice) - Crime Scene Investigation, 1st

Wilson Tomlinson (Sr., Canal Winchester, Criminal Justice) - Crime Scene Investigation, 1st

Leah Poling (Sr., Amanda-Clearcreek, Criminal Justice) - Crime Scene Investigation, 1st

Malachi Palmer (Sr., Fairfield Union, Criminal Justice) - Criminal Justice, 1st

Sabrina Coleman (Jr., Bloom-Carroll, Pre-Nursing) - Customer Service, 1st

Ronja Gurung (Sr., Gahanna Lincoln, Cosmetology) - Esthetics, 1st

Cyndy Esquivel-Sandoval (Sr., Whitehall Yearling, Pre-Nursing) - Health Knowledge Bowl, 1st

Harneek Karra (Sr., New Albany-Plain Local, Pre-Nursing) - Health Knowledge Bowl, 1st

Aissatou Barry (Sr., Canal Winchester, Pre-Nursing) - Health Knowledge Bowl, 1st

Tannia Flores (Sr., Groveport Madison, Pre-Nursing) - Health Knowledge Bowl, 1st

Oluwashubomi Olubajo (Sr., Pickerington North, Dental Assisting) - Job Demonstration A, 1st

Brooke Anderson-Richberg (Jr., Pickerington Central, Pharmacy) - Job Demonstration Open, 1st

Malachai Holewinski (Sr., Reynoldsburg, Pre-Nursing) - Job Interview, 1st

Massar Yade (Sr., Groveport Madison, Pharmacy) - Medical Math, 1st

Aubree Williams (Jr., Canal Winchester, Pharmacy) - Medical Terminology, 1st

Kaitlyn Truex (Sr., Pickerington North, Nail Services) - Nail Care, 1st

Iromy Mendoza Lopez (Sr., Canal Winchester, Pre-Nursing) - Nurse Assisting, 1st

Alexiya Lucas (Jr., Fairfield Union, Cosmetology) - Quiz Bowl, 1st $

Naomi Watson (Jr., Pickerington Central, Cosmetology) - Quiz Bowl, 1st $

Tori Glover (Sr., Pickerington Central, Cosmetology) - Quiz Bowl, 1st $

Aliza Bracewell (Sr., Pickerington North, Cosmetology) - Quiz Bowl, 1st $

Katelynn Tipple (Jr., Fairfield Union, Cosmetology) - Quiz Bowl, 1st $

Isaac Rowley (Jr., Fairfield Christian Academy, Automotive) - Maintenance and Light Repair, 1st $

Steven Schulze (Sr., Reynoldsburg, HVAC) - HVAC/R - Senior, 1st $

Shalyn Newell (Sr., Bloom-Carroll, Pre-Dental) - Dental Assisting, 1st $

Malachi Holewinski (Sr., Reynoldsburg, Pre-Nursing) - First Aid/CPR, 1st #

Dominic Melton (Jr., Amanda-Clearcreek, HVAC) - Related Technical Math, 1st #*

*(Adam Wissenbach, Jr., Pickerington North, HVAC will be competing on his behalf)

Charles Cross (Jr., Fairfield Union, Criminal Justice) - Criminal Justice (JR), 1st %

Clayton Groff (Jr., Amanda-Clearcreek, Criminal Justice) - Criminal Justice (JR), 1st %

Aiden Moore (Jr., Bloom-Carroll) - HVAC) - HVAC/R (JR), 1st %

% indicates local event only that the event does not qualify an individual for regionals

# indicates the individual declined to compete in that event at the regional competition

$ indicates the individual qualifies for the SkillsUSA Ohio state competition

About Eastland-Fairfield
Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools is the seventh-largest career and technical education district, geographically, in the State of Ohio. We serve more than 5,000 students in 16 school districts throughout Franklin, Fairfield and Pickaway counties. Eastland-Fairfield provides more than 35 programs to over 1,600 high school and adult students. The district has two main campuses — Eastland Career Center in Groveport and Fairfield Career Center in Carroll, with satellite locations at four of our associate high schools: Gahanna Lincoln, Groveport Madison, New Albany, and Pickerington North. 

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