Barack Obama School of Careers and Technology Education are sending 4 students to Nationals SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference held in Louisville, KY June 24 to 28, 2019.
The Robotics and Automation Contest was won by Junior Nathan Mason and Junior Romero Williams. The Audio/Radio Production Contest was a new contest this year for Wisconsin SKillsUSA. Two seniors from Obama, Ahmad Blake and Janeequa Blackmon were up to the task and captured the gold.
The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.
The 46th State SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference was held in Madison, WI at the Alliance Energy Center on April 30 and May 1, 2019.
The attending advisors for the High School were Dave Kontz, and John Hagedorn. Monica Hall representing the Obama Middle School.
The Robotics and Automation Contest was won by Junior Nathan Mason and Junior Romero Williams. This is the fourth year in a row the CougarBOTS have won this contest. Nathan and Romero will represent team Wisconsin at the nationals.
The Robotics and Automation Contest is a two-person team to demonstrate operation of a five-axis servo-robot along with a set of sensors and motorized devices to resolve a simulated production process problem.
“It was very satisfying as a teacher to watch these two students in action. The teamwork was fabulous and the result was a robot program that was flawless.” – Dave Kontz
The Audio/Radio Production Contest was a new contest this year for Wisconsin SKillsUSA. Two seniors from Obama, Ahmad Blake and Janeequa Blackmon were up to the task and captured the gold. They will be the first students to represent Wisconsin in this event. Janeeequa represents the first female to represent Obama SCTE at the nationals.
Students will produce (plan, write, voice, record, edit and render) a five-minute radio production such as a Public Service Announcement, sound rich National Public Radio style news story, and interview news story. A 30-second ad spot will be produced and inserted into the production. The complete production requires students to demonstrate their ability to plan a project that meets a specific prompt and run time; and to gather, edit and mix a variety of audio sources.
“This was my first time experiencing a State competition as an educational adviser. I was very pleased to see so many amazing participants from all over Wisconsin. My team of seniors from Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education, Ahmad Blake and Janeequa Blackmon demonstrated true leadership and supreme teamwork.” -John M Hagedorn, Educational Chair for Audio/Radio Production team.
The CO2 Dragster event is equally fun to watch. This year top honors went to Nathan Mason and Romero Williams, as they captured gold and silver, respectably. Sophomore Daevion Alexander also had a car in the event and place sixth. CO2 Dragster is not a national contest.
“Our students work all year long to create the fastest race cars possible. After each race, the students come back and work on ways to make the car faster. In the end, the cars are very well engineered and top competitors in the state.” – Dave Kontz