For release: July 1, 2014
WICHITA, Kan. — Three Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) students brought home big honors from the 2014 SkillsUSA national competition Saturday, June 28 in Kansas City.
Michael Mans took silver in the Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) national competition after placing gold in the 2013 and 2014 state competitions. His favorite part of the competition was working with other students and doing what he loves.
“Michael has always been so meticulous,” said Dawn Brown, AMT instructor. “He takes pride in his workmanship. He has a thirst for knowledge and an appetite for perfection. I am so proud of him. It was an honor to be his instructor.”
Mans was less than two out of about 1,000 points possible from winning the gold medal. He recently earned a technical certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technology from WATC and is working toward his associates degree. Even before graduating he landed a job at Cessna in its Flight Test Division.
Addison Pratt took 6th place in the Architectural Drafting competition. Pratt, age 17, is working toward her college degree before she graduates high school as a homeschool student.
“She did a great job, worked very hard and has made the school proud,” said Jeremy King, WATC Architectural Design Technology instructor.
Andrew Keiter took 17th place in the Welding Sculpture competition. He is currently seeking an Associate of Applied Science in Welding.