On April 12, 2016 Mad River Middle School traveled to Columbus and competed in the First Annual State Middle School SkillsUSA Tournament. The SkillsUSA Competition prepares students for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. Each school competed in four different competitions. The technical math competition evaluated each contestant’s ability to solve mathematical problems commonly found in career-technical education programs. The speech contest evaluated each contestant’s ability to prepare and present clearly and effectively a series of thoughts relating to a central theme. Teams of students also competed in a poster design contest. Each poster was required to encourage local SkillsUSA chapters to promote careers and technical education. The final contest of the day consisted of an engineering design challenge which was created to recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the areas of creative and critical thinking skills and the decision making process, to solve a problem. The contest is intended to foster creativity, innovation, team work, and problem solving skills. We are pleased to announce that 15 Mad River Students earned medals. Three of those students earned gold medals and earned the right to travel to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the SkillsUSA national tournament!