April 16, 2019



Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager

531-MCC-2876, office

402-960-0697, cell


MCC students take home medals from state SkillsUSA competition 

OMAHA, Neb. — Students from Metropolitan Community College took home medals in a variety of categories at the annual Nebraska SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference in Grand Island, Nebraska, April 11-13. Winners advance to the national championships this summer at the annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, a showcase of career and technical education students. 

The competition featured high school and college students from across Nebraska. Participants worked against the clock and each other, attempting to prove their expertise in various fields. This year’s state winners from MCC are below, including high school dual enrollment students. Student hometowns are listed for those available.


Audio Radio Production

Team C – Bronze

Mike Cook and Adam Worden

Automotive Refinishing Technology

Paul Baltes, Gold; Logan Boeker, Silver; Talon Hardin, Silver, Omaha; Terran Wiemers, Bronze

Automotive Service Technology

Cecil Haley, Silver, Omaha


Bret Gleason, Gold; Jayden Larsen, Silver, Papillion; Quinnton May, Silver, Bellevue

Chapter Display

Team A – Gold

Nikolay Dimitrov, Eric Harris and Matthew Lane

CNC Milling Specialist

Nolan Reynolds, Bronze, Wayne; and Craig Spilker, Gold, Ashland

Collision Repair Technology

John Beberwyk, Silver, Bellevue; Andy Estrada, Silver; Alex Jerrett, Gold; Cheyenne Purchase, Gold, Papillion

Diesel Equipment Technology

Andrew Hansen, Gold

Digital Cinema Production

Team A – Gold

Megan Dole, Omaha; and Katie Kocanda, Papillion

Team C – Bronze

Nathan Blizzard, Fort Calhoun; and Fox Reinecke, Omaha

Team D – Silver

Nick Madison and Florian Placzek, Omaha

Team J – Gold

Shaun Dart and Parker Barns, Wahoo

Electrical Construction Wiring

Seth Grimm, Silver, Gretna


Levi Moore, Bronze; and Aaron Winter, Silver


Matthew Lane, Silver; Nicholas Riha, Bronze; Jose Villa, Bronze, Omaha


Marc Emanuel, Bronze, Omaha; Stacy Kleffman, Silver, Missouri Valley, Iowa; Nicole Smith, Omaha


Chandler Cannon, Gold, Gretna; and Drew Wilderman, Silver

Prepared Speech

Kei’lah Sadler, Bronze

Television Video Production

Team B – Gold

Pat Cavaye and Liam Fenwick


Ivan Esparaza, Gold; Easton Fritz, Silver; Garrett Hahn, Bronze, Columbus; Grant Rice, Bronze, Papillion

Welding Fabrication

Team Y – Gold

Logan Davidson, Nolan Mattingly, Gretna, and Andrew Nelson

Team D – Silver

Kevin Bang, William Gray and Leah Reichwaldt

Welding Sculpture

Alex Matzke, Gold




Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.

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