Two Tri Star students, Nathan Huber and Krista Burrows, competed at the SkillsUSA Championships held in June in Kansas, City Missouri. To qualify and compete at the national championships, Huber and Burrows both placed first at the Ohio SkillsUSA Championships. Over 6,000 outstanding career technical students, all state winners representing all 50 states including the territories of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands, competed in 99 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students work against the clock and each other proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations and test the competencies set by industry.
Med Prep student, Krista Burrows, placed second in Medical Terminology which evaluates "the knowledge of medical terminology and abbreviations of an individual preparing for employment in the health occupations field". Burrows explained that "Nationals is hard to put into words, you have to see it to understand. There are thousands of people wearing red blazers, competitions going on for hours, and adrenaline pumping constantly. It took hard work and dedication to get there but all the hours of studying were well worth it once you got onto that stage and received that medal".
Biomedical and Electronics student, Nathan Huber competed in the Electronic Technology contest where he placed 12th. The Electronic Technology contest is divided into five sections: customer service exam, written exam, soldering, breadboarding and troubleshooting. Contestants demonstrate their knowledge of analog and digital circuitry; ability to trouble shoot electronic circuits; ability to construct and test experimental circuits and ability to design and select circuit components. All aspects of the competition test the contestant's abilities to use and calibrate electronic equipment, record and organize data, and demonstrate proper safety practices. Nathan reports that "It was a once in a lifetime experience to meet people from around the nation who all have a passion to learn new skills. The hard work and effort paid off in being able to compete at Kansas City. The coolest, though, is knowing that you are one of the best America has to offer in your skill."