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Competitors to Represent the U.S. at Global Trade Skills Competition

SkillsUSA revealed 22 young competitors who will represent the U.S. at WorldSkills, the largest international showcase of the skilled trades.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Its selected team members, with an average age of 19, are masters in their craft. Their dedication to training and perfecting their skills will be on display as they compete against peers from across the globe in a variety of intense skills challenges.

SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence, said "From mechanical engineering to hairdressing to aircraft maintenance, we have watched these competitors gain expertise and create purpose behind their passions. We are thrilled the WorldSkills USA team will get the chance to represent their country while excelling at a skill they love."

Every two years, competitors from 76 countries and regions around the world compete in more than 50 different trade skills at WorldSkills. The next competition will take place Aug. 22-27, 2019, in Kazan, Russia, and showcase trade skills from construction and building technology, creative arts and fashion, information and communication technology, manufacturing and engineering, social and personal services and transportation and logistics.

Representing the U.S. at the WorldSkills competition in Kazan are:

  • Automobile Technology: Paul Danenberg, 21, Boise, ID
  • Auto Body Repair: David "D.J." Fors, 19, Lunenburg, MA
  • Aircraft Maintenance: Alex Millikan, 22, Trinity, NC
  • Baking: Daylan Torres, 20, Fall River, MA
  • Bricklaying: Kelby Thornton, 19, Midland, NC
  • Cabinetmaking: Ethan Harrison, 18, Blackfoot, ID
  • Car Painting: Dylan Wertz, 19, Tiffin, OH
  • CNC Milling: Scott May, 19, Port Huron, MI
  • Cooking: Julia Spondike, 19, Lorain, OH
  • Cyber Security: Mawadda Abuhamda, 17, Chandler, AZ
  • Cyber Security: Jason McGee, 18, San Tan Valley, AZ
  • Graphic Design Technology: Anthony Moore, 19, Adrian, MI
  • Hairdressing: Rebekah Hagberg, 18, Bloomington, IL
  • Heavy Vehicle Maintenance: Ryan Meppelink, 20, Zeeland, MI
  • Mechanical Engineering: Benjamin Campbell, 19, Nampa, ID
  • Mechatronics: Ryan Hittepole, 20, Albemarle, NC
  • Mechatronics: Curt Love, 20, Oakboro, NC
  • Plumbing and Heating: Timothy Girouard, 19, Southampton, MA
  • Print Media: Brittany Whitestone, 20, Westminster, MD
  • Restaurant Service: Robert "Colt" Schultz, 17, League City, TX
  • Web Design: Matthew Vreman, 20, Parrish, FL
  • Welding: Ryan Fincher, 21, Cedartown, GA

"This WorldSkills USA team is the largest we have ever fielded, and I have extreme confidence that their experience, training and dedication will result in them bringing home multiple medals on behalf of the U.S.," Lawrence said.

For more information contact:

WorldSkills USA

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