Ryan Meppelink earned a bronze medal at the International WorldSkills Competition, recently held in Kazan, Russia. Meppelinik succeeded in the Heavy Vehicle Technology category thanks to Tom Wozniak and other Diesel Technology program instructors who prepared the bronze medalist. Meppelink is the first United States contestant to earn a medal in this category. In pouring rain, draped in the American flag, Meppelink stood on stage with competitors from Brazil (Gold) and Canada (Silver) in front of tens of thousands of spectators, including Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, to receive the medal.
Published September 4, 2019. Updated September 6, 2019.