James Rhodes comes back from the competition with a bronze medal in extemporaneous speech

North Marion High students got to test themselves against other high schoolers in a variety of arenas at the recent Skills USA State Leadership & Technical Skills Conference at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas on April 20.

When the leadership dust had settled, North Marion did come away with a number of awards, including a bronze medal for James Rhodes in extemporaneous speech. Ryan Lloyd placed fourth in prepared speech, while the mobile robotics team of Evan Price and Sean Bettinger snagged a sixth place ribbon.

The National Guard hosted the event at the camp and set up some fun for the contestants, including a mountain climbing pillar and a "battle ring" that required students to stand on wobbly posts while they struck at their opponents with padded batons.

James Rhodes was a bronze medalist.

"Several of our students lined up numerous times to do this in-between their scheduled contests," said Sherie Moran, CTE teacher and adviser. "Have no fear, there was appropriate protective gear required for all participants.

"Even the students that didn't walk away with an award did so knowing what they need to do next year – a valuable lesson for everyone," she added.

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