In statewide SkillsUSA competition, 28 Frederick County Public Schools’ Career and Technology Center (CTC) students earned first-place gold medals in 12 competitions, some of which required teams. They qualify to represent Maryland in National SkillsUSA Championships, June 19-23 in Louisville, Kentucky. There they will compete against the best students from every state and territory in the U.S.
Local gold medal winners, their home high schools and winning state-level competitions are as follows. Competitions are described after the list of winners.
*From Catoctin: Jade Lopez in broadcast news production and Tyler Sumner in welding fabrication
*From Gov Thomas Johnson: Katie Carder in job interview, Andrew Daddone in additive manufacturing, Rebecca Dennis and Nicholas Gregorio in broadcast news production, Brice Gambill in career pathways showcase (architecture and construction), Darion Haile and Connor Huyck in entrepreneurship, Joshua Klein in career pathways showcase (arts, audiovisual technology and communications), and Layke Martin in robotics: urban search and rescue
*From Middletown: Joseph Kincaid in career pathways showcase (arts, audiovisual technology and communications), Hannah Miller in entrepreneurship, and August Shrader in robotics: urban search and rescue
*From Oakdale: Nolan Hubble in welding fabrication, Anthony Romagnoli in career pathways showcase (architecture and construction), and Trevor Wheelock in additive manufacturing
*From Tuscarora: Kyle Bankey in entrepreneurship, Austin Lemere in architectural drafting, Cody Phelps and Matt Rozek in humanoid robotics, and Seibah Sulemana in career pathways showcase (architecture and construction)
*From Urbana: Noah Biddinger in welding fabrication, Mike Manning and Levi Trumbull in television (video) production, and Robert Wilson in career pathways showcase (arts, audiovisual technology and communications)
*From Walkersville: Jayla Pollock in broadcast news production and Thomas Quinn in residential systems installation and maintenance.
In additive manufacturing, students design objects for 3D printing, composed of layers of deposited materials.
In architectural drafting, contestants apply technical drafting skills and tools including computer-aided drafting (CAD) to solve industry problems.
In broadcast news production, students work in teams of four; two as news anchors, one as technical director and one as floor director. They have two hours to write and produce their rundown before they produce and complete a three-minute newscast as if it were live. They are evaluated on broadcast writing, voice quality, diction, timing and performance techniques.
In career pathways showcase competition, student teams use their course of study as the basis of a project that benefits their class, school, community or industry. Upon project completion, the students develop a display for use in their community to explain their training and project. They are judged on mastery of their training, its application, the project’s benefit to their community, and display and presentation techniques. In the architecture and construction pathway, for example, teams design and plan construction of commercial, industrial or residential facilities and buildings; they create an architectural model and storyboard to represent their design and give a presentation describing their project. In the arts, audiovisual technology and communications pathway, teams demonstrate use of computer-aided design (CAD) software to bring art into architecture, and they use virtual reality technology to share their design.
In entrepreneurship, teams give presentations based upon their written business plans, identifying products or services needed in a local market, and they answer questions about typical problems entrepreneurs encounter during a business’s first year.
In humanoid robotics, students in teams of two use Choregraphe software to program an NAO robot to perform a series of tasks using a variety of sensors to demonstrate movement control, visual recognition and interactive response. The students also give a presentation about the project they have worked on throughout the school year.
Job interview competition has three phases: completing employment applications, preliminary interviews and in-depth interviews. Contestants are evaluated on understanding employment procedures for positions in the occupational areas for which they are training.
The residential systems installation and maintenance competition tests students’ preparation for employment in home technology integration tasks such as installing a home theater system, computer networking, video security equipment and smart home technologies. They must pass a written test of computer networking, audio and video fundamentals, home security and surveillance systems, telecommunications standards and structured wiring.
In the robotics urban search and rescue contest, teams compete in a RoboRescue Challenge to demonstrate skills and preparation for employment in fields such as robotics, engineering, automation, manufacturing, electronics and emergency services.
In television (video) production, teams of two must plan and video on location to convey the competition theme, editing and producing to industry standards.
In the welding fabrication contest, competitors in teams of three demonstrate skills in gas metal, flux cored, shielded metal and gas tungsten arc welding. All their drawings, welding symbols and terms must conform to the latest edition of the American Welding Society standards.
Eighteen CTC students earned second-place silver medals, and 13 earned bronze in the statewide competition.
The CTC encourages community members interested in helping fund the gold medal winning students’ travel to national competition to contact Principal Michael.Concepcion@fcps.org or SkillsUSA lead advisor Lynne.Sclar@fcps.org, 240-236-8500.