Students in Mitchell Technical Institute’s Power Sports Technology program recently competed in the South Dakota SkillsUSA state contests for Small Engine Service Technology and Motorcycle Service Technology. Devin Paulsen, Sioux Falls, placed first in Small Engine Service and Josh Schwingler, Eurkea, placed first in Motorcycle Service and third in Small Engine Service. Second place finishers included Morgan Bartell, Bristol, and Duke McCloud, Highmore.
Other students competing were Landon Brondsema, Platte; Nolan Sucha, Verdigre, NE; Kyle Kampshoff, Fulton; Cole Anderson and Scott Roth, Parkston; Matt Edmundson, Brandon Mehlbrech, and Ryan Weisser, Mitchell; Tanner Kusel, Wynot, NE; and Taylor Gambill, Johnstown, NE.
First-place winners are eligible to compete at the national SkillsUSA contest to be held in June in Kansas City. In the event a first-place winner is unable to attend, the second-place finisher will compete in that slot.
Over $1,000 worth of prizes were awarded from sponsors. Contributing sponsors included: NAPA Tools, Farnam’s NAPA of Mitchell, Snap-On Tools, Mettler Implement of Menno, and Ellefson Implement of Mitchell.
Judges for these events included Joe Mielke and Chris Deagan from Klock Werks, John Murtha of Murtha Repair, Brad Henke of Henke Tractor, Scott Studer of Palace Motosports, Ryan Lau, and Leo Berg.