July 23, 2008

Around Crofton: Crofton Teen Wins National Skills Certificate

By PAULA POPP for The Capital

Kevin Steers, 17, of Crofton was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in sheet metal at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held June 21-26 in Kansas City, Mo.

The conference was open to high school and college technical education programs. Contests were run and judged by industry experts using industry standards.

According to the SkillsUSA Web site "Contestants in the sheet metal contest are tested on their ability to perform such jobs as connecting sheet metal pieces with drive cleats, spot welding and riveting. Skills tested may include straight duct, transition fitting and 45-degree entry tap fitting. Professional sheet metal workers judge contestants on the basis of use of hand tools, correctness of layout, and shop safety procedures."

The sheet-metal competition project was to build a standard size toolbox from drawings within a seven-hour time limit. Some competitors were eliminated for not completing their project within the allotted time.

Kevin is a senior at South River High School. Last year he enrolled in a heating, ventilation and air conditioning course and learned to work with sheet metal at the Center of Applied Technology- South in Edgewater.

And a three-month internship at WW Wenger Sheet Metal in Annapolis allowed Kevin to gain more experience.

In April, he won the state competition at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

According to Kevin's dad, winning the national competition will look great on his resume and will be helpful if he decides to pursue a career in the field of heating, ventillation and air conditioning.

He already holds an apprentice license in HVAC where he is EPA- certified to work on commercial units. Eventually, he may join the sheet-metal union and pursue a college degree in engineering.

Kevin just returned from a weeklong trip to New Orleans as part of the "World Changers" group where he worked with Habitat for Humanity on continued cleanup efforts. The trip was coordinated through his church, Cross Roads Church in Severn.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing the trumpet and baritone as a member of the South River High School Band. He also plays bass guitar at Cross Roads Church and with "180 Worship," a youth worship service, at The Church at Severn Run.

He lives with his mom and dad, Suzanne and Scott Steers, brother Mike, 19, and sister, Bethany, 3. The family has lived in Crofton for 14 years.

Staff at Crofton Meadows Elementary can thank the Crofton Rotary Club for renovating their teachers lounge. The renovation included new cabinets, sink, appliances and furniture.

One long-term teacher commented that the room looked better than the day the school opened.

Schools Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell attended the dedication celebration in June.

Also in attendance were Rotarians Robert Johnston, Will Darby, Tom Callahan, John Hollywood and Lewis C. Burroughs III.

It was bittersweet for Principal Carmela Vito Smith of Annapolis who retired on July 1 after working 36 years in education.

Harry Potter and the 10th Anniversary Extravaganza will be held at the Crofton library branch from 2 to 4 p.m. July 31. Celebrate Harry's arrival at Hogwarts! Read "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," then come in costume for crafts, games and prizes. For all ages.

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