Rochester students use teamwork to win spot in SkillsUSA competition
Spaulding High School student Jacob Paradis sets up a milling machine while competing in the SkillsNH event at Intelitek Inc., in Manchester on Friday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Jeff Stone, technical service manager at Intelitek, watches as Spaulding High School student Samuel Shackelford makes a blueprint while competing in the SkillsUSA event at Intelitek, Inc., in Manchester on Friday (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Two teams from Spaulding High School in Rochester work on computer-aided milling projects while competing in the SkillsNH state competition on Friday at Intelitek Inc. in Manchester. Pictured are Andrew Clark, seated, Alec Lemelin, right, and Jacob Paradis against Dennis Codling, seated left, Nathan Gilbert and Samuel Shackelford. Participants were qualifying to compete at SkillsUSA National Competitions in June. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
"It was a struggle at first, but we understood what we were doing and what we had to do," said Spaulding High School senior Jacob Paradis, who along with teammates Alec Lemelin and Andrew Clark learned Sunday the team had clinched the competition and won a berth in the SkillsUSA national competition this summer.
Intelitek hosted the two New Hampshire teams vying for a spot in the field of Automated Manufacturing Technology. Both were from Spaulding, a Rochester high school that is home to the Richard W. Creteau Regional Technology Center.
"That's one of the great things about this competition. It challenges them to do the math and collaborate as a team," Stone said.
"We had a pretty good amount of setbacks," said Lemelin, a senior.
And once the odd-looking beige item met the specifications, the work was far from done. Students had to document each step, from their very first revision of the sketch to their choice of bits and tools. They were required to submit the step-by-step log along with a blueprint detailing the part viewed from different angles and listing the measurements.
The team had learned from earlier mistakes and completed the second order in about an hour.
"The most important aspect of this is not the technology, it's the teamwork," said David Foote, adviser to the Spaulding teams.
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