Two THS students to participate in SkillsUSA Wisconsin conference in Madison

For the Tomahawk Leader

MADISON – Two Tomahawk High School (THS) students will participate in the 51st annual SkillsUSA Wisconsin State Leadership and Skills Conference next week.

The conference will be held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on Tuesday, April 9, and Wednesday, April 10.

Reese M. will compete in architectural drafting at the state conference after taking home the bronze medal at the district-level competition in Antigo earlier this year.

Rachael R. will compete in cosmetology. Rachael recently took part in the cosmetology competition at Nicolet College’s High School Competition Day, where she was the overall winner.

THS’s SkillsUSA President, Alli P., will also attend the conference as an observer and voting delegate to take in the competition and see what happens at the state level.

THS has participated in SkillsUSA for several years, with this year marking THS’s first trip to the state conference.

The THS attendees will join more than 1,500 middle school, high school and college/post-secondary students, 200-plus teachers and more than 300 industry volunteers working in more than 80 competitions.

Often comprising a few team members, a release from SkillsUSA said, students will work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in competitions in a wide array of skill sets.

“Helping each student excel and be a solution to shrinking the skills gap, SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations,” the release stated. “SkillsUSA Wisconsin, with more than 2,300 members in over 140 chapters, is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The diverse talent pipeline covers 120 trades, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related.” 

To learn more about the SkillsUSA Wisconsin State Leadership and Skills Conference, visit

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