Instead of taking it easy during summer break, a number of students in The Career Academy will be heading to national competitions this summer.
Ryley Schuerman, a recent Lincoln Southwest graduate, placed first in the State SkillsUSA Culinary Arts Competition held in Omaha last month. Schuerman will compete with other state champions from more than 40 states at the National SkillsUSA conference June 23 in Louisville, Kentucky.
"I've been getting ready," said Schuerman. "I'm practicing three times a week, working with teachers who help me practice on their own time."
Schuerman will show off his culinary skills during a six-hour contest where he will prepare numerous menu items and complete a written exam. He currently works at Source, where he prepares healthy meals. In September he will attend culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in Denver, Colorado.
Schuerman decided to enroll in The Career Academy a couple of years ago and figured if he didn't like it at least he would get college credit out of it. Instead, it has shaped his future.
"It's great, the teachers are excellent," Schuerman added. "They have a state-of-the-art kitchen, the most high-tech stuff I've ever seen."
Lincoln Southwest juniors Julia Nivens and Karyssa Richardson will be representing TCA next month in Nashville, Tennessee, for the Future Health Professionals International Leadership Conference (ILC). In order to qualify, students must place in the top three in the state leadership conference. Both students will take part in the EMT competition.
Southeast High School junior, Patrick Miley, qualified to attend the ILC in Research Persuasive Speaking. He is in the Certified Nursing Assistant pathway at TCA. He chose not to attend ILC this year.
Lincoln East junior Abdulaali Abdulaali, a residential construction student, also will be heading to the SkillsUSA competition in Louisville. He placed first in the Job Skills Demonstration. He explained the mathematics, deductions and cuts needed to lay out a common roof rafter.
The Career Academy, located at 8800 O St. on the Lincoln Campus of Southeast Community College, is a joint venture between SCC and Lincoln Public Schools. The goal is to provide academic and real-world experiences to high school juniors and seniors through high school and dual-credit courses in 16 different career pathways.