Above left: LA senior Damon Crummett won a Gold Medal in Automotive Tool Identification at the recent SkillsUSA competition in Bangor. Above right: LA senior Austin Teele at work on an Architectural Drafting project. Teele won a Silver Medal at the recent SkillsUSA Conference in Bangor.

Two Lincoln Academy students won medals in this year’s Maine SkillsUSA trade competition, which took place in early March. Senior Damon Crummett took home a gold medal in Automotive/Auto Tool Identification, and senior Austin Teele took home silver in Architectural Drafting.

Both students spend half days at Lincoln Academy taking academic classes and half days studying their trade at the Bath Regional Career and Technical Center (BRCTC).

According to their website, “the SkillsUSA Maine Championships is the state-level competition for high school and college students enrolled in trade, technical, and skilled service instructional programs, including allied health occupations.” This year’s state conference took place in Bangor on March 7-8.

At the conference nearly 700 students from around Maine competed in more than 70 categories of trade competitions, including firefighting, video production, electrical construction wiring, technical drafting, wedding cake decorating, welding, early childhood education, and many more. The gold medalists from each trade have the opportunity to represent the State of Maine at the SkillsUSA National Championships in Louisville, KY in June.

Damon Crummett plans to go on and study Automotive Technology at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle after graduating from Lincoln this June. He said the competition, which involved identifying over 50 automotive tools, was “really interesting and fun.” According to David Minot, Automotive Technology instructor at BRCTC, an in-house competition determined the top two students in automotive who went on to represent BRCTC at the SkillsUSA competition.

In the Architectural Drafting competition contestants were given a paper copy of a house plan, which they translated into a computer drafting program, paying close attention to measurements and details. The task was to modify the floorplan to comply with ADA guidelines and create a more inviting layout. Austin Teel has been involved in Lincoln Academy’s Robotics program and he employed these skills, as well as skills learned at BRCTC, in the Architectural Drafting competition, which he found to be “different, hard, and really interesting.” He plans to enroll at Central Maine Community College in Auburn next year studying Architectural Drafting.