2014 SkillsUSA Illinois State Championship


Illinois Central College took 85 students and faculty advisors to the SkillsUSA State Championships in Springfield (April 2-5). These Gold medalists have won the honor of competing at Nationals in Kansas City in June. Please help me in congratulating the following students on a job well done and Good Luck in Kansas City:

Medalists from Illinois Central College:


1 Brad Russell Diesel Equipment (Glassford)
2 Adam Bollinger Internetworking (Pekin)
3 Mitch Hill Internetworking (Pekin)
4 Logan Winkler Telecommunications Cabling (Pekin)
5 Mitchell Sandlin Telecommunications Cabling (Pekin)
6 Kelly Milligan Graphics Communication (Mackinaw)
7 Mary Marck Advertising Design (Delavan)
8 Nathaniel Riehl Computer Programming (Washington)
9 Dustin Cart Welding (Bartonville)
10 Anavel Trujillo-Anaya
Stephanie Blackwell
Web Design (Glassford)
Web Design (Morton)


1 Jason Moser Diesel Equipment (Roanoke)
2 Katie Julien First Aid/CPR (Marquette Heights)
3 Tyler Durham Internetworking (Pekin)
4 Sean Linden Job Interview (Pekin)
5 James Banks Web Design (Peoria)


1 John Wyatt Diesel Equipment (Pleasant Plains, IL)
2 Montie Wilder Internetworking (Pekin)
3 Jesse Peters Internetworking (Pekin)
4 Chad Birchenall Computer Maintenance (Eureka)
5 David Watson Graphics Communication (East Peoria)
6 Maxwell Overholt Graphics Communication (Pekin)
7 Logan Welchman Telecommunications Cabling (Pekin)

Of the remaining competitors from ICC, 32 of our students placed in the top 10 in their competitions.

In addition to our many student wins, our chapter also won First Place – Total Membership Award.

­Special thanks to the ICC faculty and staff who attended the conference:

Kevin Wells, Mike Daugherty, Jeff Gardner, Mark DuBois, Eric McCann, Shane Seals, Jeff Joos, Brian Weaver, John Baggett, and our amazing bus driver!! As always—thank you for your extra help and commitment to the organization. The students and I appreciate it!!

Thanks again to Mark DuBois who was a contest supervisors for Web Design. Our Alumni continue to play supporting roles with the state and local chapters. Congratulations to all!!! ICC Alumni who give of their time as Contest Supervisors/assistants as well: Jonathan Warrant—Web Design contest assistant; Brandy Thatcher—Web Design contest assistant; Andrew Fritz—Internetworking contest supervisor; Dave McKnight—Internetworking judge; Nick Hulva—State Board member and Contest Floor setup assistant and Quiz Bowl and Computer Maintenance Contest Supervisors; Michael Raydon—Computer Maintenance; and Eric Hill—State Assistant Director, Conference and Alumni Assistant. We have an amazing, active alumni that continues to grow each and every year. I can’t say enough about their dedication and commitment to giving back to the students and the organization.

Thank you to our chapter officers and co-advisor (Adam Bollinger, Logan Winkler, Chad Birchenall, Montie Wilder, Nate Riehl, Sean Linden, Donald Clouse and Kevin Wells) for the extra help before, during, and after the conference. Lunch delivery helper: Kevin helped me deliver the lunches (over 60 lunches served at two locations) to all of the competitors.