Who may participate: Any MTHS Sophomore, Junior or Senior enrolled in CTE classes and that is academically eligible. Past students who have successfully competed at SkillsUSA have experience in an area within the CTE field, whether it be Graphic Arts, Electronics Technology, Photography,  Woodworking or something else.

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

It 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, including health occupations and industries such as Graphic Communications. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).

Mission: SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers enrolled in public career and technical programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work—high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.

At MTHS, our SkillsUSA group competes in a written test in areas of a student’s choosing. If students qualify for the state competition, the competition takes place in April in Springfield, Illinois.

How do I sign up? Sign ups begin in November with a deadline in January. See Mrs. Dale or Mr. Stoecker for more information about this.  Written Exams are held at MTHS in February. Students who qualify will attend the hands-on competition in Springfield in April. First place winners move on to compete in Kentucky in mid-June.

Why Join? Participation in the state and national level SkillsUSA competition looks looks great on a resume and/or college application, plus, the competition experience is incredible!

MTHS SkillUSA Winners (1st-3rd place)

Natalie Pettigrew

Year Rank Name Contest
2010 1st Brandon Noll Graphic Communications
2013 1st Andrew Fandel Electronics Technology
2014 1st Cristian Sauder Electronics Technology
2014 1st Nicole Buttrum Photography
2014 2nd Natalie Roe Graphic Communications
2014 3rd Natalie Pettigrew Interior Design
2015 1st Cristian Sauder Electronics Technology
2016 1st Andrew Barth Electronics Technology
2016 1st Sarah Hodges Photography
2016 3rd Allison Brown Photography
2016 2nd Lauren Pettigrew Graphic Communications
2016 3rd Hunter Voss Cabinetmaking
2017 2nd Hanna Rebholz Pin Design
2017 2nd Faith Robertson Graphic Communication
2017 3rd Emily Morgan Photography
2017 3rd Tori Brinkler Graphic (Dye) Sublimation
2018 1st Faith Robertson Graphic Communication
2018 2nd Jade Milloy-Cobb

Graphic Communication


2018 1st Jade Milloy-Cobb B&W Photography Display
2018 2nd Brennen Derr Graphic (Dye) Sublimation
2018 3rd Brett Manwaring Graphic (Dye) Sublimation
2018 3rd Evan Charlier Electronics Technology
2019 1st  Sam Landau Aviation
2019 1st Sam Landau Job Skills Demonstration
2019 1st Evan Charlier Electronics Technology
2019 1st  Ashley Ray Photography
2019 2nd Keegan Hartnett Electronics Technology
2019 2nd Brennan Derr Graphic Sublimation


 2019 SkillsUSA Competitors:

 CONGRATULATIONS to our students who did so well at this year’s Illinois SkillsUSA state competition. Here’s how MTHS stacked up:

 Electronics Technology

1st place: Evan Charlier

2nd Place: Keegan Hartnett

Graphic Imaging Sublimation:

2nd Place: Brennen Derr



1st Place: Ashley Ray

4th Place: Kassidy Griffin

 8th Place: Kayla Ernenputsch



 9th Place: River Sparks


 Aviation Technology

 1st Place: Sam Landau


Job Skill Demonstration

1st Place: Sam Landau

 Congratulations to Ashley Ray and Sam landau who went on to compete at the SkillsUSA National Competition in Louisville, Kentucky. 


2018 SkillsUSA Competitors:

CONGRATULATIONS to our students who did so well at this year’s Illinois SkillsUSA state competition. Here’s how MTHS stacked up:

 Graphic Communications:

 1st place: Faith Roberston

2nd Place: Jade Cobb-Milloy

Graphic Sublimation:

2nd Place: Brennen Derr

3rd Place: Brett Manwaring

Electronics Technology

 3rd Place: Evan Charlier


5th Place: Paul Nauman

Congratulations to Faith Robertson who went on to compete at the SkillsUSA National Competition, June 15-29, in Louisville, Kentucky. Faith placed a very respectable 6th in the nation!


2017 SkillsUSA Competitors:

CONGRATULATIONS to our students who did so well at this year’s


 3rd Place: Emily Morgan

 Logan Hickman

 Nicole Easton


Graphic Communications:

2nd place: Faith Roberston

Jade Cobb-Milloy

Lauren Pettigrew

Graphic Sublimation:

3rd Place: Tori Brinkler

Pin Design:

2nd Place: Hannah Rebholz

Congratulations to Hannah Rebholz who went on to compete at the SkillsUSA National Competiton, June 19-24, in Louisville, Kentucky. Hannah placed a very respectable 18th in the nation!



Andrew Barth, Sarah Hodges, and Lauren Pettigrew represented MTHS in Louisville, Kentucky, in June at the National SkillsUSA competition. They competed against other state winners throughout the nation. Andrew placed 14th, Sarah placed 19th and Lauren placed 18th in their competitions. Great job, guys! We are so proud of you!



CONGRATULATIONS to our students who did so well at this year’s Illinois SkillsUSA state competition. Here’s how MTHS stacked up:

Electronics Technology:

1st place: Andrew Barth

4th place: Colin Flavin

5th place: John Crotteau


1st place: Sarah Hodges

3rd place: Allison Brown

4th place: Emily Morgan

Graphic Communications:

2nd place: Lauren Pettigrew


3rd place: Hunter Voss

Congratulations also to Ashlyn Offenback, Grant Hammer, Zander Serrine, Richie Harris and Lynette Mientus who also competed and did well in their contests!



Photography Study Notes
Blending Photos in Photoshop

6 Lighting Patterns
Sample Test


Illinois State SkillsUSA web site

National  SkillsUSA web site

Mike Rowe Works Foundation

Mike Rowe Works Scholarship Application


Deatherage, Stan

Dale, Lily