Putting to the test the leadership qualities and skills of some of the best and brightest up-and-comers in the electrical industry, SkillsUSA-VICA recently held its 38th annual Leadership Conference and Championship, awarding 6 high school and postsecondary students with gold, silver and bronze medals in the category of industrial motor control. Aside from the electrical industry, 14 other disciplines were represented at the conference, including metal technology, public service, and construction technology.

The contests, held at Kansas City, Mo.’s H.R. Bartle Hall, were run and judged by representatives of industry using industry performance standards. The total in-kind contributions from industry and education – in donated time, equipment, and material – is valued at $25 million.

The winners in the electrical categories were as follows:

Industrial Motor Control (High School)

  • Gold – Thomas McCarter

  • Silver – Nick Dascoulias

  • Bronze – Chad Luptowski

Industrial Motor Control (Postsecondary)

  • Gold – Curtis Steinert

  • Silver – Lucas Owen

  • Bronze – Blaine Bechtel