Regional Contests 'In Full Swing' at CV Tech

Four regional contests were held this past week at Canadian Valley Technology Center's El Reno Campus, which is popular for its location and newness of facilities. Here, a young lady competes in the Cosmetology Esthetics competition in Fantasy Make-up.

February 12, 2018

EL RENO –  Amelia Bedelia books come to mind in the wake of all the competitions being held at one location in one week’s time.

Hallways were “jam-packed.” In common areas, such as the lunch room, there was “no room for an apple to fall.” In fact, students were “packed like sardines.”

Idioms aside, the fire marshal was not alarmed.

CV Tech’s El Reno facilities – now a year old – have ample space for crowds.

Central Oklahoma high school students from Amber to Arcadia converged at the “crack of dawn” this week at Canadian Valley Technology Center for five regional SkillsUSA student organization competitions.

“Our board of education wants these facilities to be used,” CV Tech Superintendent Dr. Greg Winters said. “Hosting contests is essential to the education process in terms of students applying what they have learned.”

Career Tech contests share similarities with athletics. Students compete against peers from other schools; a time element involved; all competitions are monitored and scored by judges (or referees).

Each contest is affiliated with a technology center program. For instance, students enrolled in Cosmetology, Precision Machining or Welding all compete in the SkillsUSA student organization. Canadian Valley was a regional contest site for all three (and two others).

A key difference is instructors are not permitted to coach during competitions. Another variation is that high school students and adults both compete, though separately.

Top finishers (through fourth place) at the regional level qualify for the state contest. Only state champions qualify for national contests.

Last year, 41 individuals or teams from CV Tech’s three campus sites won state championships, while another two dozen were state runners-up.

A national silver and bronze medal were claimed as well by CV Tech students. And that happens “once in a blue moon.”