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Sources: Evan Beckman, 785-826-2978,;
Saeed Khan, 785-826-2675,; and Eduard Plett,
News release prepared by: Natalie Blair, 785-826-2642,

Thursday, July 16, 2009


SALINA -- Students from Kansas State University at Salina met with success at a couple of recent competitions.

K-State at Salina aviation maintenance students took the top three places in the Kansas SkillsUSA competition for aviation maintenance. SkillsUSA is a nonprofit organization for teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

K-State at Salina's Solar Boat team had an eighth-place finish at the 2009 Solar Splash, an international intercollegiate solar/electric boat regatta, May 27-31 in Fayetteville, Ark. The team placed sixth in both the qualifying event and the solar slalom, an event that features a combination of speed and maneuverability. The team also brought home the distinction of most commercially viable hull.

K-State at Salina students earning competition honors include:

Eric Studebaker, senior in engineering technology, Fredonia, Solar Splash Team; Jon Alexander, junior in engineering technology, McPherson, Solar Splash Team; Andrew Lofgren, junior in engineering technology, Haviland, Solar Splash Team; Jason Ritterling, junior in engineering technology, Republic, Solar Splash Team.

From Salina: Justin Christiancy, junior in engineering technology, Solar Splash Team; Alan Downie, sophomore in engineering technology, Solar Splash Team; and Blake Slater, junior in, Solar Splash Team.

Jordan Holthaus, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in engineering technology, Seneca, Solar Splash Team; and Brian Robinson, senior in aviation maintenance, Tecumseh, third place in aviation maintenance, Kansas SkillsUSA.

From out of state: Matt Colclasure, junior in aviation maintenance, Kansas City, Mo., second place in aviation maintenance, Kansas SkillsUSA; John Seim, senior in aviation maintenance, Chapman, Neb., first place in aviation maintenance, Kansas SkillsUSA, and will advance to the national competition; and Kenton Ham, junior in engineering technology, Watauga, Texas, Solar Splash Team.