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PLCS SkillsUSA students earn top honors during state contest

Thousands of high school students descended on Grand Island, NE to compete in the 2018 SkillsUSA Nebraska Leadership and Skills Conference in April. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. Gracie Davis, PLSHS Junior, was chosen as one of the seven students to represent Nebraska for 2018-19. This national nonprofit organization serves teachers, high schools and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. Students competed in over 90 different categories and areas and were recognized for placing in the top 3 for each category. Students and teams that received a gold medal will travel to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, KY June 25 – 29.

     Papillion-La Vista South High School

  • Gracie Davis
    • Early Childhood Education; Gold Medal
  • Carson Somer
    • National T-Shirt Contest; Gold Medal
  • Gavin Quintanilla & Nickolas Quintanilla
    • Additive Manufacturing; Silver Medal
  • Peter Nguyen, Alexander Smith & Noah Zych
    • Chapter Display; Silver Medal
  • Gracie Davs, Cassandra Gaul, Abigail Goss & Taelynn Grady
    • Health Knowledge Bowl; Silver Medal
  • Makenna Rowe
    • Commercial Banking; Bronze Medal
  • Sean McLain & Lane Rainforth
    • Community Service; Bronze Medal
  • Alexander Smith
    • Internetworking; Bronze Medal
  • Peter Nguyen
    • Technical Computer Applications; Bronze Medal

     Papillion-La Vista High School

  • Dylan Rainey & Collin Kotz
    • Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue; Gold Medal
  • Jack Rollin, Nolan Stengel & Jacob Maguire
    • Engineering Technology Design; Gold Medal
  • Sara Altman
    • Medical Math; Gold Medal
  • Sara Altman
    • Prepared Speech; Silver Medal


The PLSHS SkillsUSA team poses for a picture at the state tournament.
The Papillion La Vista South High School SkillsUSA team pose for a picture in Grand Island during the 2018 SkillsUSA Nebraska Leadership and Skills Conference. (Pictured from left to right) Front row: Sean Mclain, Alex Smith, Peter Nguyen, Michael beaver, Trey Dodson; Middle row: Makenna Rowe, Gracie Davis, Abby Goss, Taylor Erickson, Teagan Gaul; Back row: Kayleigh Peterson, Reagan Weeks, Kalib Allen, Gavin Quintanilla, Taelynn Grady, April Guerin, Cassie Gaul, Colby Rohn, Rehagan Gardner, Carson Somer, Nick Quintanilla, Noah Zych, Ryan Piccolo, Nolan Quintanilla, Lane Rainforth.