Thevenin's journey to the competition began during his time at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon while majoring in computerized manufacturing technology.
He was one of three students from the college that qualified to compete in the SkillsUSA State Level Competition in Ankeny on April 30. The trio of Thevenin, Cody Jonkers of Orange City and Jeremiah Nelson of Hull placed second in the state competition, qualifying them to compete in the national Kansas City competition.
The competition takes place during the SkillsUSA trade show, the largest trade show in trade and industrial education. It combines the efforts of top industries, educational institutions, associations and other organizations to prepare America's workers in public career and technical programs.
The 2010 competition consisted of more than 5,600 students participating in 96 different contest divisions, including electronics, computer aide drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts.
During the competition, Thevenin participated in the College-postsecondary division in Automated Manufacturing Technology, consisting of 13 different work-stations with three people at each station.
At 7:30 a.m., each station was assigned a project, having no inclination before-hand what that project will entail. The group then set to work using their own software and the CNC Mill, a computer controlled machining program, to complete their assigned project before the competition ended at 5 p.m.
Each project was judged, and the Award Ceremony took place the following day. Thevenin, Jonkers, and Nelson were each awarded individual silver medals and were given AutoDesk Investor & Camworks software for their achievements.
Thevenin will put the software to use working with his father in their steel fabrication business in Aurelia.
His parents, Joel and Jan Thevenin, and his sister Shaina, were on-hand to support Thevenin during the competition. "We are very proud of his accomplishment."
For more information about SkillsUSA, visit www.skillusa.org.