Wolcottville resident Arikka Mygrant was one of three area students who won the nation's highest awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Industry leaders representing over 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students for their demonstrated excellence in 99 hands-on occupational and leadership contests such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. All contests are designed, run and judged by industry using industry standards.
Mygrant, a student at Impact Institute in Kendallville, Ind., was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in automotive refinishing technology.
Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA championships are for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.
In addition, high scorers in the contests received Skill Point certificates. The Skill Point Certificate was awarded in 86 occupational and leadership areas to students who achieved a high score defined by industry. The SkillsUSA championships have been a premier event since 1967. The Skill Point certificates were introduced in 2009 as a component of the SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System.