MPTC carpentry apprentices sweep podium at ABC Skills Competition

Moraine Park carpentry apprentices swept the podium at the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Apprenticeship Skill Competition on Jan. 27 in West Bend.

In total, 33 apprentices representing five technical colleges competed in four trades: carpentry, HVAC, electrical and plumbing. The Skills Competition was a day-long event with a four-hour practical competition and written exam.

Moraine Park apprentices placed top three in the carpentry category. Alison Gordee from Northcentral placed first, Ryan Sankey from Bob Anderson Builders placed second and Noah Kusserow from Bob Anderson Builders placed third.

Gordee, placing first in her trade, qualifies for the National Craft Championships (NCC) in Orlando, FL. She will represent the state and compete against other trainees from across the country in March.

“I am thankful for the people that have gone out of their way to congratulate me,” Gordee said. “Being there again as a 4th year, I was more determined to win. You know what mistakes to avoid, to stay focused on yourself, and to put your best work into it because you never know who might be watching.”

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Written by Emilie Wilson