August 6, 2008

Teenager Places Ninth Nationally

By Melissa Soria, Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Ind.

Aug. 6--Ashley Storey, a former Century Career Center student and Logansport High School graduate, recently placed ninth in a national competition.

She participated in the 44th Skills USA Championships held in Kansas City, Mo., this summer.

Storey competed against 39 contestants in the nursing assistant field. Students came from all over the country, in addition to Guam and Puerto Rico, to compete. There were more than 5,000 students representing the individual states.

In April, Storey was named the best nursing assistant in Indiana, earning the designation by finishing first in a SkillsUSA statewide competition.

SkillsUSA, a nonprofit organization, is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force.

In the competitions, students compete in fields such as automotive, collision repair, commercial banking, food and beverages services, plumbing, carpentry, masonry, cabinet-making, cosmetology, aviation maintenance and drafting.

Storey has wanted to be a physician since she was 5 years old. She is hoping to work in pediatrics, possibly at Riley Hospital for Children.

Wilda Reeser, Storey's health occupations teacher, said this was the first time in more than 10 years a Logansport student had reached this level.

"This is a big deal for Ashley," Reeser said. "We're very proud of her."

Melissa Soria may be reached at (574) 732-5143 or via e-mail at [email protected]

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