Hi all, hope summer is going well for everyone. Our trip this summer to the SkillsUSA National Championships was the first to Louisville Kentucky. Most of us had not been there yet, so it was not only a trip for design competitions, but also to see a part of the country we hadn’t seen yet.
First up the results
While we did not win any medals, the students did a great job representing Vermont and the Cawd program. Very competitive in each discipline, we hope to build on this years results and strive to be the best designers / humans we can be.
First up was Pin Design, with Elizabeth and her 3D / Origami deer pin taking 7th in the nation. There we some really solid pins we were up against (Nevada’s was pretty amazing with a gambling / Vegas theme).
Next up was 3D Animation and Visualization and animation where Garrett and Jon took 16th in the country. Not to shabby, and during one of the panel discussions we learned that a student that took part in the 3D Animation and Visualization about 10 years ago was now a lead animator at Pixar. Shows that hard work pushing outside your comfort zone pay off.
Web Design was our best result with Jade and Seth taking 5th in the nation. This continues the Cawd programs consistent top 6 results nationally in Web Design recently, including National Champions in 2011:
- 2010 – Griggs / Goodie 3rd (Bronze Medal)
- 2011 – Lorand / Angle 1st (National Champions in Web Design)
- 2012 – Jackson / Reilly 6th
- 2013 – Emily / Anna 5th
- 2014 – Christie / Brady 3rd (Bronze Medal)
- 2015 – Jade / Seth 5th
Finally was Extemporaneous Speaking, our first time taking part in the competition at the National Championships. Robert did an excellent job and took 9th place in the nation. Especially considering we didn’t really know what to expect, Robert did a great job and represented Cawd and Vermont well.
The students all did great, no drama – couldn’t be happier.
The rest of the trip
The trip itself was very … entertaining in a number of different ways. First, due to a plane issue we ended up on one leg of the trip on our own plane. As in…just CTE. Rappers, presidents…us.
And of the larger CTE group going to the competition:
On the plane I must say that I have no idea why Jon is so good at Mario Kart DS. We were playing on the wifi throughout the trip there and back, in the airport, and he consistently won. And Seth is pretty good too, but Jon….unbeatable. (Thanks to Baylis for the cartridge, I will give it back to you when we get to back to Cawd.)
A couple of us went to the Louisville Slugger Museum. At the time they were making bats for Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler, so that was pretty neat to see. I also dominated in the batting cages as you can imagine. Others went to a science museum and bought dinosaurs.
Then there were numerous other memories that you really had to be there to appreciate but some of them (I am sure I didn’t get all of them):
- Free Coffee and Hot Chocolate at the hotel. Sometimes even a double. Caffine.
- Roller coasters that I thought I was going to fly off of and die.
- Black Tahoe and getting trapped in parking lots with no exits.
- High Qual gas station for late night snacks.
- That third wall of water on the log flume ride. I get the first one, the second one ok, understandable, but where did the third wall of water come from? Drenched.
- Seriously good Chinese food – who would have guessed it in Kentucky?
- White Castle? No thank you, never again.
- Mini doughnuts.
- The night the sky opened up and rain poured like….I don’t know, it was a lot of rain.
- N64 / Smash.
- The saddest zoo in the world with the penguin enclosure that was cold, but smelled like death.
- That Mexican place, and Garrett not actually paying at first. But the chips and salsa…amazing.
- Night walks around Louisville.
- That “interestingly” named tobacco store we kept driving by on the way to the competitions.
- Kentucky Man World.
All in all a rewarding trip. The students got to rub their elbows with other high flying students from across the country, and outside of the school related work we had many laughs, made some great memories, and we all made it back in one piece.
Enjoy the end of the summer. Go outside. See you in a few.
~ Mr. Cronin