POST FALLS The son of Grangeville High School graduates – a recent high school graduate himself – recently won big in Kentucky.
Kadin Stowers took second place at the recent national 2018 SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, Ken. Kadin, a graduate of Post Falls High School, competed against 46 other state winners in the carpentry division.
Attending the event June 26-28 with Kadin were his parents, Brian and Jill Stowers; sister, Kaisa; grandparents Kathy Fletcher of Spokane and Gail Stowers of Grangeville; and uncle Cory Stowers of Grangeville. Grandpa Robert Fletcher of Kamiah was unable to attend.
“It was amazing,” Gail said. “We had a wonderful time and it was great to see so many talented young people.”
Earlier this year, Stowers took first place at the Idaho state competition to advance to the national championships, representing KTEC (Kootenai Technical Education Campus that includes students from the Post Falls, Lakeland and Coeur d’Alene school districts). He finished fourth at state as a sophomore and took third place as a junior. In all, 6,500 kids from across the U.S. were at the competition.
Those competing were given and eight-hour time period to frame walls, cut and install rafters, siding and construct a roof of a model. They were judged on accuracy, ability to read and interpret blueprints, workmanship, safety and the proper use of tools.
“I wasn’t sure how I was going to place, so I was a little surprised to finish second,” Kadin said in a Coeur d‘Alene/Post Falls Press interview published July 11.
He took home the second-place silver medal as well as a variety of tools as prizes, scholarships and even job offers.
“He had people there wanting him to come to work – even from Florida and other states,” his uncle, Cory, said.
Kadin plans to attend North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene this fall where he will study carpentry.
“He’s so good already – I’m not sure what he will study,” beamed Grandma Gail.
Kadin currently works in the warehouse at the Ziggy’s building materials center in Post Falls.
“I started out by helping my dad build projects around the house,” Kadin stated. The family has a complex tree house in their back yard.
According to Colby Mattila, KTEC’s director, this was the first time a KTEC student has placed at the national contest.
He has also used his woodworking skills to build a chicken coop for his grandpa and remodel a room for a grandma. He’s also installed hardwood floors for his grandpa.
SkillsUSA is an organization that provides educational programs and competitions that support career and technical education in the nation’s classrooms. SkillsUSA serves more than 335,000 students and instructors annually. This includes 19,500 instructors who join as professional members. Including alumni, SkillsUSA membership totals over 395,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 12.5 million annual members cumulatively since 1965.