Sheridan College Students Excel at Wyoming SkillsUSA Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                           May 1, 2018

Contact:            Wendy Smith, Assistant Vice President of Strategic Communication (307) 675-0412,

Claire Barnes, Writer/Editor (307) 675-0416,

Sheridan College students excelled at the Wyoming SkillsUSA competition in Casper, which concluded last week. After the results were tallied, students took home medals in both team and individual competitions.

SkillsUSA prepares America’s high-performance workers and provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. Sheridan College students enrolled in technical education programs compete in SkillsUSA each year and consistently excel – this year was no different.

Sheridan College students swept the competition in the Automated Manufacturing category. Students Frank Baca of American Fork, Utah, Ben Conklin of Banner, Wyo. and Kyle Jerney of Sheridan won gold; Michael Waterhouse of Sheridan, Ashley Rylander of Ranchester, Wyo. and Emma Anderson of Moorcroft, Wyo. took silver; and Tristan Barfoot, John Marrs of Whitewood, S.D. and Brenden Lybarger of Gillette, Wyo. took bronze. Sheridan College students also dominated the Additive Manufacturing category; students Conklin and Baca won gold and Rylander and Marrs took silver.

In individual competition, Sheridan College students won two gold, four silver, and three bronze medals. Gold medal winners included Barfoot in CNC Technician and Taylor Chapin of Kemmerer, Wyo. in Construction; silver medal winners included Tucker Goss in Welding, Waterhouse in Manual Lathe Mill, Garrett Dixon of Lance Creek, Wyo. in Cabinet Making and Lucas Lamb of Meeteetse, Wyo. in Diesel Technology. Bronze medal winners included Trevor Clark of Bursett, Mont. In Welding, Jerney in CNC Technician and Eric Peter of Circle, Mont. In Carpentry.

All students and teams that won gold medals will go on to compete at the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June.

“These incredible results are a testament to both the hard work of our students and our talented and dedicated instructors, said Jed Jensen, dean of career and technical education. “It’s going to be exciting to see students carry this positive momentum forward to the national competition in Kentucky this June.”