Students take center stage at Elkhorn

By Callie Koehne


Career-oriented extracurriculars have been making an impact in the area –especially at Elkhorn Area High School.

At the March 11 Elkhorn Area School Board meeting, advisor Mark Malvitz led a presentation on the school’s group as he requested an overnight trip for his students to the annual State Leadership and Skills Conference at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin April 9-10.

Of the 32 members in the EAHS chapter, 22 plan to compete in the events. Participants will demonstrate their skills in engineering pathway courses, wood courses, auto courses and family consumer education courses.

EAHS students presented their events to the board, telling members about their various projects ranging from how two students will compete in a sort of urban search and rescue with a robot they designed to simulate going into neighborhoods and safely dispose of ordinance, to how several students will build the whole structure of a house in small parts and will be judged against other teams.

The trip was approved, and it was noted the incredible benefit the nonprofit SkillsUSA is to the district as their goal is to help each student excel in their chosen industry, and to prepare them for the real world challenges they’ll meet on the other side of high school.

The Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) also had their overnight request approved as they prepared for the State Leadership Conference at Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells April 8-10.

Three competitors will compete in the following categories: baking and pastries, fashion and construction, and culinary skills demonstration.

Two additional members will have additional responsibilities during the conference and will serve as regional representatives. One student was selected to present at a breakout during the conference.

Students who place first and second at the state conference will be invited to participate in the National Leadership Conference in Seattle, Washington in July.

For more on student achievements in the last month, see the print edition of the Elkhorn Independent.

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