On June 25th, Ryan Reed and Grace Osusky flew into Louisville, KY, representing Team Utah and Grand County High School at the National Skills and Leadership Conference, also known as SkillsUSA Nationals, alongside advisors Hank Postma and Laura Reed. Osusky made it to finals and walked away with a bronze medal at the national competition in extemporaneous speaking, placing third in the nation, and only bested by competitors from Kansas and Texas. Ryan Reed had a strong showing in the related technical math competition.
Reed and Osusky qualified for the national competition in April after medaling at the Utah SkillsUSA state competition in their respective events. Team Utah overall placed eighth in the nation, walking away with 45 medals out of 120 possible competitions. There were thousands of students at the conference, traveling from as far away as Puerto Rico and Hawaii. Postma and Laura Reed are proud of the students and hope to send more students to nationals in the future.
“More than 6,300 students from every state in the nation participated in the 2018 SkillsUSA Championships,” said SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence in a press release. “This showcase of career and technical education demonstrates our SkillsUSA partnership at its finest. Our students, instructors and industry partners work together to ensure that every student excels. This program expands learning and career opportunities for our members.”