Ohio students selected to compete in WorldSkills Competition


Julia Spondike from Lorain and Dylan Wertz from Tiffin have been selected to represent the United States at the biennial WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia. They will compete as members of the WorldSkills USA team, which was selected and is being trained by SkillsUSA. The 45th international event will be held Aug. 22-27, 2019.
Spondike will compete in the WorldSkills cooking competition. As a junior, she enrolled in the Loraine County Joint Vocational School culinary arts program. After high school, she applied to the Culinary Institute of America and has been accepted with a full tuition scholarship. Spondike plans to graduate from the institute with a bachelor’s degree in culinary science.
Wertz will represent the United States in the car painting competition. Passionate about cars since his childhood, he enrolled in the program at Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center. He hopes to become a head painter in an accredited collision facility — and possibly become an instructor helping students stay motivated, have fun and respond to constructive feedback.
WorldSkills hosts the skills championships every two years, attracting more than 1,600 competitors from more than 76 countries and regions to compete in 50 or more trade skills. Considered the best in the world from each trade skill, contestants compete for four days in contests that are run and judged by industry representatives using demanding international standards. To see a list of competitions, visit the WorldSkills website.