Two Washington Park High School students took first place in statewide competition this week at Wisconsin's 36th annual State SkillsUSA competition at the Wisconsin Dells.
Brian Gronhom took first place for the second consecutive year in CNC Milling Technology, and Kieron Kohlmann achieved first place in Automotive Technology. Both will go on to compete against the top students from other states at the 46th annual National SkillsUSA Competition in Kansas City on June 20-26.
Other Park HS winners were Donovan Senzig, who placed second in Advertising Design; Amber Leger, second in Woodworking Display; Jerrid Orre, third in Motorcycle Maintenance; and Mitchell Haumersen, third in Cabinet Making.
Kohlmann has a history of success in state automotive competitions. This year's win earned him $4,000 in Snap-On Tools and nearly $15,000 in scholarships. In 2009, Kohlmann won first place in the Auto Dealers Association of Metro Milwaukee Technicians of Tomorrow contest and also won the Wisconsin AAA/Ford Student Auto Skills Competition – making him the first in Racine Unified School District history to win all three automotive competitions.
In addition, Kohlmann earned fifth place in the GNYADA National Automotive Technology Competition and 12th place in the National AAA/Ford Student Skills Competition along with his partner Jon Ramczyk – winning a 2009 Ford Fusion for the Park High School Automotive Program.
In all, Kohlmann has won nearly $140,000 in scholarships including a full scholarship to any Wisconsin technical school and several private automotive schools.