On Feb. 8, 2018, a group of  Redwood Valley High School students traveled to Ridgewater College for the 34th annual skills fest competition.

Approximately 300 students from 22 schools participated in this year’s event. This event gives high school students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in a variety of areas through a fun-filled day of competition.

Awards and prizes are awarded in each skill area. A $1,000 scholarship ($250 a semester for two years) is awarded by the Ridgewater College Foundation to first-place winners. These scholarships are honored for students who enroll at Ridgewater full-time in 2018-19 or 2019-20.

The participants included: Catherine Petersen, Ruby Emilienburg, Zach Josephson, Amanda Johnson, Kailyn Nordby, Conner Thordson, Amos Krause, Colby Schroeder, Jacob Dienken, Chad Maddock, Keegan Bourke, Alex Louwagie and Harlee Ahrens.

Josephson placed first in the 3D solid modeling drafting/parametrics contest; Ahrens, Johnson, Nordby and Petersen placed second in the veterinary technology contest; Bourke, Emilienburg and Thordson competed in the auto body and auto service technology contest; Schroeder competed in the wire welding competition and Deinken, Maddock and Krause competed in the livestock/dairy management contest. Louwagie placed third in the employment skills contest.