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Vogt places in national championship

Minnesota State Architectural Drafting Champion Kyle Vogt stands at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo., the site of the National SkillsUSA Championship. Vogt was among more than 6,000 students competing and finished fifth in the championship.

Widseth Smith Nolting's Kyle Vogt finished in fifth place in the National SkillsUSA Championship in Architectural Drafting, hosted in Kansas City June 23—27.

As the Minnesota State Architectural Drafting Champion, Vogt was among more than 6,000 accomplished technical education students to compete in more than 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

Vogt competed with 18 other college/postsecondary participants in the architectural drafting category. The event took place at the Kansas City Convention Center. Here, the state champions took tests and completed a variety of technical tasks to prove their expertise in different occupations - computer-aided drafting, electronics, precision machining, and more.

For the competition, participants had to develop a site plan; first, second, and third floor plan views; a building section facing east and in a specific location; an east and south elevation view; and door and window finish schedules. This all had to be completed in eight hours.

As a final twist, competitors were told midway into the competition they had to redesign the first and third floor plans to meet new accommodations. All this and more would eventually be judged by specific standards, even down to whether or not each competitor was wearing the correct, official SkillsUSA competition attire.

According to its website (, SkillsUSA is "a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce." Its mission is "to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens."