A total of 33 Crowder College students participated at the Missouri SkillsUSA competition held at Linn State Technical College, where Mike Simpson, of Wheaton, took first place in the diesel equipment technology contest. Simpson was also a member of the building works/teamworks team, which earned a first place award. Simpson will now have the opportunity to compete at the Skills USA national contest scheduled to take place in Kansas City in June. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry members working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Students participating in the competition are pictured above. In the front row, from left, are: Colton Stewart, Thomas Withnell, Kristy Rose, Cheyenne Hoggard, Robbie Wyrick, Victor Breazzeal and Jesse Johnson. Back row: Chad Stephen, Chase Chandler, Mike Simpson, Clayton Brewer, Thomas Herbold, Cody Guesby, Chase Bridges, Alex Wheeler and Trevor Browning. Not pictured are: Allen Weddle, Mike Atkinson, Michael Anders, Ben Strong, Chris Brooks, Lucas Pryer and Tanner Grab.