SkillsUSA has announced the winners of more than 80 skilled and technical trades competitions.

Students of many area schools are among the top competitors, according to a SkillsUSA news release.

Awards were presented during the 45th annual SkillsUSA Wisconsin State Leadership and Skills Conference on April 24 and April 25 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. It featured more than 1,600 middle and high school students participating in more than 80 skilled and technical trades competitions.

Among the winners are:

Cosmetology – High School
Gold: Cheyanne Vitense, Dodgeland High School
Silver: Olivia VanDerLinden, Athens High School

Extemporaneous Speaking – Middle School
Gold: Kara Bekkedal, Prairie View Middle School
Silver: Rachel Guenther, Merrill Middle School
Bronze: Jay Shah, Pilgrim Park Middle School

Model Rocketry – Middle School
Gold: Kassidy Beseler, Merrill Middle School
Silver: Amelia Ochotnicky, Pilgrim Park Middle School
Bronze: Joel Froseth, Merrill Middle School

Prepared Speech – Middle School
Gold: Sameer Bhatt, Pilgrim Park Middle School
Silver: Andrew Deegan, Wauzeka-Steuben Middle School
Bronze: Payten Totz, Merrill Middle School

Screen Printing Technology – High School
Gold: Bailey Smith, Hamilton High School
Silver: Wyatt Rottier, Wausau East High School
Bronze: Aubrey Ovalle, West Bend High School

Sheet Metal – High School
Gold: Jared VanHaren, Oconto Falls High School
Silver: Terran Spacek, Phillips High School
Bronze: Kyler Anklam, Wausau West High School

Team Engineering Challenge – Middle School
Gold: Team K – L. Griswold, M. Stack, and E. Toonen, Merrill Middle School
Silver: Team X – M. Acker, J. Wagner, and K. Bekkedal, Prairie View Middle School
Bronze: Team Z – N. Elfering, L. Jenson, and R. Kirch, Barneveld Middle School

T-Shirt Design – High School
Gold: Wyatt Rottier, Wausau East High School
Silver: Sophia Sorenson, Bay Port High School
Bronze: Madelyn Mesun, Northland Pines High School

Urban Search & Rescue (Robo Rescue Challenge) – Middle School
Gold: Team C – D. McGuire and J. Walker, Riverside Middle School
Silver: Team E – M. Hoerth and R. Ruman, Merrill Middle School
Bronze: Team K – A. Vandre and R. Bayerl, Marshfield Middle School

Welding Sculpture – High School
Gold: Anastasia Dillenberg, Wautoma High School
Silver: Elizabeth Sirkman, Delavan-Darien High School
Bronze: Jacob Stuffle, Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School

SkillsUSA Wisconsin is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. 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.