A Leavenworth High School student has finished first in the state in a SkillsUSA competition for the second straight year.

A Leavenworth High School student has finished first in the state in a SkillsUSA competition for the second straight year.

"It felt really, really good," senior Ashley Dunivan said.

She earned a gold medal in a technical drafting competition at the recent SkillsUSA State Championships in Hutchinson. She achieved the same feat during her junior year.

Another Leavenworth High School student, junior Austin White, won a gold medal in a plumbing competition.

Skills USA is an association that focuses on students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, according to the organization's website.

The SkillsUSA State Championships took place April 24-27.

Dunivan qualified to compete in the technical drafting event at a SkillsUSA national conference next month in Louisville, Kentucky. But she does not plan to attend the national conference.

That is because the event will take place at the same time as a Technology Student Association national conference in Atlanta. And Dunivan plans to compete at the TSA conference.

White was among a group of Leavenworth High School students enrolled in classes at the Pioneer Career Center who competed in events at the SkillsUSA State Championships.

The Pioneer Career Center is operated by the Kansas City Kansas Community College but located in Leavenworth.

Among the Leavenworth High School students who were representing the Pioneer Career Center were seniors Corey Goulet and Danial Lentz. Goulet received a silver medal in a carpentry event, and Lentz won the bronze medal for the event, according to Jake Potter, director of public relations for the Leavenworth school district.

Aaliyah Pickens, Kaitlin Culbertson, Kee Eagle and Jacinda Parker made up a team representing the Pioneer Career Center that won a bronze medal in a certified nursing health knowledge bowl.

Also, Daniel Estrada, a senior from Leavenworth High School, competed in an automotive service technology competition, finishing 15th in the state.

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