Columbia student soars in drafting competitions

Columbia students soars in drafting competitions
Oscar Williamson

NAMPA — Columbia High School senior Oscar Williamson III is scouting out the Olympics of drafting next year — and in 2017, he’ll be competing.

Williamson is one of two choices throughout the entire country to compete at the world level for SkillsUSA, a national career and technical student organization that holds competitions every year at the local, state and national levels.

Drafting is a technical aspect of engineering of drawing design plans for a range of areas, including architecture, mechanics and computer models.

Every other year, a worldwide competition is held for a variety of skills, including drafting. Based on his performance at the national level, Williamson was selected to go through an interview process for the world selection stage in Las Vegas at the beginning of December.

He competed against an older student from Massachusetts, but the race to draft part of a flight simulator ended in a tie. Competitors can participate until age 23, and since the other student was older, Williamson won’t compete in Brazil in August, but he will still be there to attend trainings and learn how it all works. Then in 2017, he will be a contender at the WorldSkills Competition in Dubai, a city in the United Arab Emirates.

“I have a technical expert in the competition, and he’s going to be sending me stuff to train with and give me feedback and what to improve on to make me a better competitor,” Williamson said.

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