West Orange – Stark High School precision machining students swept first through fourth place in the Speed Skills USA contest held recently.

Ashton Lemoine won first place in the District contest, becoming the first female to win the event since the contest began. She advances to the Speed Skills USA State Contest which will be held in Corpus Christie March 22 – 24.

Fellow WO-S Career Center students earned the additional top spots in the precision machining skills contest. Bradley Freeman, Michael Hagan, and Josh Blanchard placed second through fourth, respectively. Freeman and Blanchard are both Bridge City High School students who are enrolled in WO-S Career Center precision machining classes.

Lemoine also won Best of Show in precision machining job exhibits for the second consecutive year.

Also earning blue ribbons in precision machining job exhibits were Stephen Tramel, Matt Goff, Dillon Trahan, Sterling Lewis, and Joseph Self. Additionally, Lemoine, Freeman, Hagan, and Blanchard earned blue ribbons.

Tramel, Goff, and Trahan are also Bridge City High School students.

WO-S building trades students also competed in project exhibits and earned blue ribbons as well. They are Nicholas Tezeno, Amber Carpenter, Ashley Hooper, and Matthew Broussard. Daniel Wright earned a red ribbon.

Blue ribbon projects will also advance to the State contest.

Carlo Paulino is the WO-S High School precision machining instructor. Randy Palmero instructs building trades.

Photo: WO-S Career Center Precision Machining and Building Trades students recently earned blue ribbons and trophies at the Speed Skills USA District contest. They are (first row) Joseph Self, Nicholas Tezeno, Ashton Lemoine, Amber Carpenter, Ashley Hooper, and Matthew Broussard; (back row) Bradley Freeman, Michael Hagan, Daniel Wright, Stephen Tramel, Matt Goff, Dillon Trahan, Sterling Lewis, and Josh Blanchard.