Todd Pease, first-place secondary Collision Technology, and Instructor Jim Porter of Warren Tech.Sabryna Nussbaum, first-place secondary Damage Analysis and Total Loss Evaluation, and Cameron Gillis, first-place secondary Collision Technology.Pikes Peak CC Instructors Ralph Mills (right) and Wade Knight.Michael Kunkle, first-place post-secondary Damage Analysis and Total Loss Evaluation, with instructors Mike Hanscome (left) and Kyle Cadarette.Kaiden Brier, first-place post-secondary Automotive Refinishing.Abagayle “Jo” Boden, first-place Collision Repair Technology.

Students compete at Colorado SkillsUSA Contest to send winners to national event

First-place winners get ticket stamped to Kentucky for National Leadership and Skills Conference

Colorado Springs, Colo.—Pikes Pike Community College was the stage for the 2019 Colorado SkillsUSA Contest in April where more than 40 automotive technology from six schools competed for first place in their disciplines and a ticket to the 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students, in Louisville, Ky., June 24-25.

More than 18,000 people — including students, teachers and business partners — are expected to participate in the event. Total students included 21 Refinishing, 5 Damage Analysis, and 18 Collision. Lincoln Tech competed for the first time.

The top three winners in each category are as follows:

• Collision Repair Technology

— 1st: Todd Pease, Warren Tech

— 2nd: Emma Greg, Pikes Peak Community College

  • 3rd: Alfonzo Martinez, Morgan Community College

• Collision Repair Technology (post-secondary)

  • 1st: Abagayle Boden, Aims Community College

— 2nd: Alicia Couch, Morgan Community College

  • 3rd: Jacob Graffenberger, Aims Community College


• Automotive Refinishing (post-secondary)

— 1st: Kaiden Brier, Aims Community College

— 2nd: Sheryl Haas, Morgan Community College

— 3rd: Claire Slegleke, Morgan Community College


• Automotive Refinishing (secondary)

— 1st: Cameron Gillis, Pikes Peak Community College

— 2nd: Andy Palma, Morgan Community College

— 3rd: Alexander Sandoval, Pickens Tech


• Damage Analysis and Total Loss Evaluation (post-secondary)

— 1st: Michael Kunkle, Aims Community College

— 2nd: Jamie Frey, Aims Community College

— 3rd: Daniel Garcia, Pikes Peak Community College


• Damage Analysis and Total Loss Evaluation (secondary)

— 1st: Sabryna Nussbaum, Pikes Peak Community College, secondary. (No second- or third-place winners)


There were 25 industry partner judges and the contest was run by Jaime Angell, district manager for ABRA Auto Body Repair of America. Industry sponsors included Snap-on Tools, PPG Industries, ABRA, Mahnke Auto Body, Caliber Collision, Hertz Local Edition, LKQ Corp, Keystone, 3M, Service King Collision, Aces of Denver, CCCIS, Kent Automotive, A&H Finishing Products, National Coatings, American Welding, Sherwin Williams, AKZO Nobel, Capital Paint, and I-CAR.

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