More than 400 students competed in the 2016 SkillsUSA Iowa State Leadership and Skills Conference. The event was April 28 and 29 on the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Ankeny Campus. The students who received gold medals have earned the right to compete at the National SkillsUSA competition to be held in Louisville, KY this June.

The following DMACC students were place winners at the State SkillsUSA Contest:

CNC Technician

1st Place—David Braafhart, Newton

Welding

1st Place—Andrew Cleveringa, Norwalk

2nd Place—Nathan Vander wert, Pella

Technical Drafting

1st Place—Justin Crouch, Webster City

3rd Place—Tyler Curry, Altoona

Collision Repair Technology

1st Place—Jackson Cunningham, Johnston

2nd Place—Mark Martinez, Des Moines

3-D Visualization and Animation (Team)

1st Place—Marina Ginther, Altoona

1st Place—Piet Kobussen, Indianola

2nd Place—Rachael Nash, Des Moines

2nd Place—Emily Thompson, Urbandale

3rd Place—Alexis Robles, Perry

3rd Place—Tiffany Sinnott, Grimes

Automotive Refinishing Technology

1st Place—Cory Harden, Ankeny

3rd Place—Spencer Jones, Ankeny

Diesel Equipment Technology

1st Place—Robert Janssen, Allison

3rd Place—Jeff Marshall, Stanton

Advertising Design

1st Place—Connor McCarville, West Des Moines

3rd Place—Parker Friedrichsen, Perry

CNC Milling

1st Place—Brett Moore, Madrid

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

1st Place—Matthew Peterson, Ames

Automotive Service Technology

1st Place—Connor Sackett, Perry

2nd Place—David Griffith, Maxwell

Sheet Metal

1st Place—Tristin Snyder, Indianola

2nd Place—Bruce Barrett, Des Moines

3rd Place—Jason Gray, Des Moines

CNC Turning

1st Place—Brian Wickman, Slater

Advertising Design (High School)

2nd Place—Corbin Buttrey, Johnston

2nd Place—Julie Rothfus, Polk City

CNC Technician

2nd Place—Nathan Carhill, Perry

Advertising Design (College)

1st Place—Elsie Wunn, Des Moines

The organization has this mission statement: "SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work."