Benjamin Hendrickx, a 2019 graduate of New York Mills High School, received the Silver Medal in the National Skills USA competition in the CNC Turning division. Hendrickx, a 2021 graduate of the Machine Tool and Technology Program at Alexandria Technical & Community College, competed in the skills USA competition earlier this year through Alex Tech and won the CNC Turning Gold Medal at the State level competition which qualified him for nationals. 

He also was awarded the bronze medal for the CNC Technician Competition at the State level for Skills USA. The national competition took place virtually over three separate days. The competition consisted of a CNC Manual Programming Competition, a theory test, and an interview. The winners were announced on Thursday, June 24th. Since graduation, Hendrickx has been working for JDM Machining in Staples, Minn.