Despite being the first Joplin High School (JHS) student to ever compete in the Northwest Ohio Technical Scholarship competition, Peterson Johannes walked away with an award which will shape his future career in HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning): a college scholarship for 20,000 dollars.
Johannes took first place in the HVAC category. According to Marc Smallwood, HVAC instructor at JHS, Johannes did nearly all of the preparation and studying on his own.
“Pete took several books and certification tests home to study,” said Smallwood. “Actually, I didn't give him any extra help. He put in a lot of time studying on his own.”
With over 800 students competing in the five different categories, significant effort and preparation was required for Johannes to take the win. He finished the competition with one of the top five scores of the entire competition.
“[Testing] came pretty naturally since I prepared for it, but there were some challenging questions. When I took the test, [I] just pretended I was the only one taking [it],” he said. “It felt really great knowing I got first. I wasn't expecting it, so it surprised me.”
According to Smallwood, Johannes is not stopping yet. He competed in the District Skills U.S.A. Contest on Feb. 6 along with two other Southwest Missouri students: Jack Carter, also from Joplin, and Jacob Rickmond from Sarcoxie. Johannes and Carter qualified for the state competition, at which they will have the opportunity to win a 10,000 dollar scholarship. This award can be put toward many technical schools including the University of Northwest Ohio (UNOH), which Johannes plans to attend.