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Lincoln-Way students excel in SkillsUSA State Championships

Pictured are (from left) Adrienne Braico, Kayla Ray, William Lester, Arley Coleman and teacher Daymon Gast.
Pictured are (from left) Adrienne Braico, Kayla Ray, William Lester, Arley Coleman and teacher Daymon Gast.

From April 27 to April 29, seven students represented all Lincoln-Way high schools in the SkillsUSA State Championships in Springfield. Of the seven, four were from Lincoln-Way Central in New Lenox.

The competition was held at the Prairie Capital Convention Center and at the Capital Area Career Center.

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. Students from Lincoln-Way Central who competed were Arley Coleman, Kayla Ray, Adrienne Braico and William Lester.

Arley Coleman won first place in state in the job skills demonstration. In doing so, he was awarded numerous prizes, including a $16,000 scholarship to Sullivan University. This summer, Coleman will go on to compete at the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kayla Ray took second place in state in the black and white photography display competition. Ray also took tenth place in digital color display and fifth in the open photography competition.

Adrienne Braico placed seventh in state for the early childhood education competition.

William Lester of Lincoln-Way Central placed 22nd in state in firefighting. Competitors were evaluated using standards established by the National Fire Protection Association.

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