Area students grab wins at skills competition
Many area students came away with wins from Clackamas Community College's annual Regional Skills Competition on Feb. 28.
Students from Country Christian School, Colton High School, Molalla High School and Renaissance Public Academy competed in categories such as art, graphic design and math against surrounding schools including Canby, Wilsonville, Lakeridge and many more.
With the wins come tuition credits at CCC: a 12-credit tuition waiver for first place, 8-credit waiver for second and 4-credit waiver for third.
Student Grace Peterson, from Country Christian School, competed in the art portion of the competition, and came away with first place, earning her a full free semester at the school.
"It was a super fun experience that challenged me artistically," Peterson said. "I really appreciate CCC providing the competition for the students in our area. Thinking outside the box and being creative is something I hold close, and I was pleasantly surprised to get first place. I am looking forward to my semester at Clackamas."
Six other Country Christian students participated in a timed Leadership Lego challenge, and won first place. Unfortunately, CCC didn't award credit waivers for this contest, but the kids did receive prizes in the form of merchandise, candy and school supplies.
For the Lego challenge, CCC leadership had set up a complex Lego design in a separate room for teams to mimic. Only one team member at a time could go in to view the design. Students could plan and prepare for just about as long as they wanted, but once they touched the Legos, their time started. Country Christian's team came out on top with a time of 12 minutes and 30 seconds.
"It was really pretty smooth," said Mark Grandle, one of Country Christian's team members. "We spent so long planning it…I mean we even planned out what each person would do. Each person in our group was building a section and then we put it all together at the end. It was really fast and smooth, and the leaders there were actually fairly impressed."
According to Grandle, the next best time was about 18 minutes.
"It was an awesome feeling," Grandle said. "When you know you succeed at something, like when you plan it out and work hard, and then you succeed at it too, it was just a lot of fun. And to do it with five other guys, it was a very joyful experience."
The complete list of area placers is as follows.
CCC's Amazing Race drawing—4 cr. tuition waiver each
Virginia Garcia Renaissance Public Academy
Enrique Martinez Renaissance Public Academy
1st Place: Grace Peterson Country Christian High School
2nd Place: Jacob Cepeda Country Christian High School
Chemistry - Inorganic
3rd Place: Paige Gump & Kadyn Eves Molalla High School
Chemistry – Organic
2nd Place: Jonathan Perez & Tyler Norgren Molalla High School
3rd Place: Lily Goodson & Shae Grassl Renaissance Public Academy
2nd Place: Lily GoodsonRenaissance Public Academy
2nd Place: Noah Roth Molalla High School
3rd Place: Esi Orloff Renaissance Public Academy
HR Mock Interviews
1st Place: Mikaela Bjorn Colton High School
3rd Place: Haley Bell Molalla High School
Leadership Legos (Tuition waivers not awarded for this contest. Winners received prizes day-of)
1st Place: Sean Gilmer, Gabriel Biggart, Levi Satrum, Mark Grandle, Drew Halverson, David Biggart Country Christian High School
2nd Place: Cris Cole, Maria Ignacio, Lizeth Rodriguez, Kiel Martin, William Tongsiri, Jessica Salvador Molalla High School
Math – Individual Level V
1st Place: Maxwell Kavanagh Molalla High School
Math – Team Level II
3rd Place: Sang Xing, Maxwell Kavanagh, Jevin McClenny Molalla High School
Music – Solo Performance
2nd Place: Jenna Langendorfer Molalla High School
Theatre – Tech
1st Place: Haley Bell Molalla High School
2nd Place: Analiz Wickham Molalla High School
World Languages – Spanish Level I
2nd Place: Alondra Gomez-Camacho Molalla High School
3rd Place: Lucas McKinney Molalla High School
World Languages – Spanish Level II
2nd Place: Estefany Peña-Garcia Molalla High School
3rd Place: Skyelar Cann Molalla High School
World Languages – Spanish Level III
2nd Place: Enrique Martinez Renaissance Public Academy
3rd Place: Virginia Garcia Renaissance Public Academy