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Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:08

Yukon, OK, Student Wins State SkillsUSA Contest

A Yukon High School and Canadian Valley Technology Student competed for eight hours to win a state SkillsUSA championship.

All that went through Blake Price’s mind at the recent SkillsUSA state contest was it didn’t go as well as planned. However, Price won the state championship in Collision Repair at the recent statewide SkillsUSA contest. He sought perfection, even while realizing that was not possible.

After eight grueling hours of body work, plastic repair, welding and written estimates, Price was awarded the gold medal at the state championship in the collision repair event.
The Yukon High School senior was competing for Canadian Valley Technology Center, where he has trained in auto body technology for two years.

“I had a lot of fun,” Price, 18, said. “I was thinking about every little thing I could have done wrong, but I was happy with how I did.” Price, who is considering seeking an associate degree, would like to own a body shop one day. Price will compete in a national competition in June in Kansas City, MO.

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