Ohio Hi-Point Students Shine at SkillsUSA Southwest Regional Competitions


BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio – Several Ohio Hi-Point students achieved notable success at the SkillsUSA Southwest Regional competition held on Saturday, February 10, securing spots in the upcoming state competition in Columbus this April.

The OHP welding/fabrication team of Tucker Thompson (Graham), Kale Ingle (Marysville), and Kane Gibson (Benjamin Logan) earned third place, showcasing their skills with a distinguished finished product.

Jacob Roth (Benjamin Logan) also claimed third in the individual welder category, earning a $2,000 Hobart scholarship and, along with the team, received high-end Lincoln welding hoods for their efforts.

In other categories, Kaleb Pond (Homeschooled) placed second in Automotive Service Technology, while Carly Goodman (Triad) took fourth in Digital Design.

Several more Ohio Hi-Point students will compete in a variety of other competitions at the final Southwest Regional Competition on Friday, Feb. 23 at Butler Tech.

Thompson, Ingle, Gibson, Roth, Pond, and others who advance from the February 23 contest, are set to continue their journey at the SkillsUSA Ohio State Championships. This prestigious event, gathering over 5,000 competitors, business and industry partners, instructors, and vendors, showcases over 100 contests across all 16 Career Pathways. It is a testament to the excellence of Career and Technical Education in Ohio, providing students a platform to compete for the title of the best in their respective fields.

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It provides educational programs, events, and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms.

About Ohio Hi-Point

The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center develops our most valuable resource, people, by providing quality career-technical and academic education programs. Our High School and Satellite Divisions serve juniors and seniors from 14 partner school districts and offer more than 30 career training programs, while our Adult and Continuing Education Division has a strong focus on customized training, providing businesses the training needed to strengthen and prosper in the community.

The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent Dr. Rick Smith | 2280 St. Rt. 540 Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311 | 937-599-3010