Perry High School had a great showing again this year at the 2019 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Kaden Boyer, Dalton Scott, Sierra Newton and Rylynn Gilmore are Iowa SkillsUSA state officers for this year. They attended a three day leadership training conference before the competitions start. Along with the other state officers, they will bring their message back to Iowa at our Fall Leadership Conference in September to help promote SkillsUSA to new schools and teach leadership skills to the rest of the membership.

All together, we had some great results from Louisville. Kaylynn Bousman earned a 6th Place finish in Extemporaneous Speaking. Rylynn Gilmore got 6th in the Nurse Assisting competition. Charley Guardado got 17th in an all new Automobile Maintenance and Light repair contest.

The team of Taylor Eppert, Sierra Newton and Kaden Boyer earned a 21st Place in Promotional Bulletin Board. Lanie Fish entered the First-Aid CPR competition and received a 23rd Place in that contest. Kaleigh Hein got 24th overall in Motorcycle Service technology and Alex Fickbohm got 29th in Power Equipment Technology. Carpentry was competed in by Mason Barkley, he came away with a 34th overall finish.

All of them did a phenomenal job in their respective areas and this year was a learning year for all of them. This year, everyone competed in a new competition or this was their first trip to nationals for them.

We compete against the other states who have Technical High Schools similar to our DMACC career academy, but in some of these states, the students spend half their day in all 4 years of high school on one particular trade. This really goes to show how well our students do on the national level, coming from a general high school, where some things are taught in class, but most of the efforts are after school and with great help from our community members who help our students succeed.