Four student competitors and two teachers from Stafford High School attended the SkillsUSA National Championships in Louisville, Ky., in late June.

Jennifer Sprow placed first in a field of 45 contestants in Architectural Drafting. Her project for the competition was to design and draft the floor plans, exterior elevations, wall section, building sections and openings for the renovation of an old barn. In addition to the gold medal, she was awarded a Kindle, building code books, industry software and texts, a construction calculator and a scholarship. Sprow was also awarded the Presidential Volunteers Service Award for preparing the construction and permit drawings for an amphitheater at the SkillsUSA National Headquarters in Leesburg.

The team of Nolan Englund and Leah Hendley placed fourth out of 30 teams in Additive Manufacturing (3D printing). Their project was to design and create a prosthetic thumb for a Navy veteran. Englund also passed the certification exam for Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals.

Patrick O’Leary placed 15th of 43 entries in Technical Drafting, earning a Skill Point Certificate. His project was creating the working drawings for a 6-ton floor jack based on the design of an existing 3-ton floor jack.

Sprow and Englund presented a plaque to retiring SkillsUSA State Director Deborah Tripp. Representing all SkillsUSA Virginia members, they designed, 3D printed and painted the plaque in appreciation of Mrs. Tripp’s service.

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