Roseville student wins scholarship at SkillsUSA Competition

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 10, 2017

 Roseville High School junior Andrew Vollbach earned a $5,000 scholarship at the SkillsUSA Competition in April. Vollbach machined two different parts using detailed blueprints, a drill press, and a surface grinder.

Roseville High School junior Andrew Vollbach earned a $5,000 scholarship at the SkillsUSA Competition in April. Vollbach machined two different parts using detailed blueprints, a drill press, and a surface grinder.

Photo provided by Joe Genest

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ROSEVILLE — Roseville High School junior Andrew Vollbach earned a $5,000 scholarship to Lincoln Tech and a silver medal competing in the Bench and Grind Competition at the SkillsUSA Competition at the Grand Amway Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids April 7-9. 

According to a press release from Roseville Community Schools, “SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry professionals working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. They provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms.” 

This was Vollbach’s first time attending the competition. 

“I thought it was very beneficial for me and for anyone who participated in the competition,” said Vollbach. 

Vollbach machined two different parts using detailed blueprints, a drill press and a surface grinder.  

“My section was bench and grind, so I had 45 minutes to grind a piece and 45 minutes to drill a hole through the same piece,” he said. 

Vollbach completed a series of five inspections that were each 12 1/2 minutes long. Each inspection was hands-on and involved many different precision machining tools. 

Matt Komarowski has been a machine trades teacher at Roseville High School for 10 years. 

“I teach them about hand tools for construction and carpentry. I teach them how to use various machines, and shop safety and machine safety, which is the most important,” said Komarowski. 

For the past four to five years, Komarowski has had students make it to the regional level. This is the second consecutive year he’s had a student make it to the state level. 

Komarowski went into further detail about what happens at the competition for the competitors. 

“It is a weekend thing, so Friday night, the students took a leadership test that covered information on how to act and dress to prepare them to be leaders in the workforce. Saturday is a ton of programs, and all the competitions happen with different kids and schools throughout the state of Michigan, ending with the awards ceremony on Sunday,” he said. 

Participants aren’t aware of what ranking they’ve won until they are called on stage at the awards ceremony. 

“It was pretty cool because you didn’t know if you were first, second or third. I was just happy I was going on the stage. It was great,” said Vollbach.  

Komarowski is proud of Vollbach’s hard work. 

“It feels great. It’s an accomplishment and I’m happy for him; it made his day and it was an all-around good feeling,” said Komarowski. 

Vollbach’s family owns a mold-making company, Special Tool and Engineering in Fraser, where he works part time. 

Vollbach plans to attend Lincoln Tech after graduating from high school.

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