No fewer than 22 students from the Frederick County Public Schools’ Career and Technology Center (CTC) placed among the nation’s top 10 achievers in several categories at the recent 53rd Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and Championships in Louisville, KY. They competed against more than 6,000 students from across the nation and U.S. territories, and they excelled.
Achieving a gold medal for first place nationwide in Humanoid Robotics competition is the team of Cody Phelps and Matthew Rozek, students in the CTC’s Auto CAD Engineering program.
Earning a bronze medal for third place nationwide is the team of Andrew Daddone and Trevor Wheelock in the Additive Manufacturing competition. They also trained in the Auto CAD Engineering program.
Also placing third nationwide and earning a bronze medal is the Television Multimedia program team of Michael Manning and Levi Trumbull in the TV Video Production competition.
Placing fourth nationwide in Broadcast News Production is the team of Nicholas Gregorio, Jade Lopez, Jayla Pollack and Cheyenne Scobie, while the team of Layke Martin and August Shrader placed sixth nationwide in Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue, the team of Brooklyn Poff, Alexander Repass and Anthony Romagnoli placed sixth nationwide in Career Pathways: Architecture and Construction, the team of Joshua Klein, Joseph Kincaid and Robert Wilson placed seventh nationwide in Career Pathways: Arts, AV Tech and Communications, and the team of Kyle Bankey, Darian Haile, Connor Huyck and Hannah Miller placed seventh nationwide in the Entrepreneurship competitions.
Recognized for outstanding achievement and representing the state of Maryland were Austin Lemere for Architectural Drafting, Katie Carder for Job Interview, and the team of Noah Biddinger, Nolan Hubble and Tyler Sumner for Welding Fabrication.
Erika Jacobs accompanied the CTC group as a SkillsUSA voting delegate for Maryland.
To be eligible to compete at the national level, each of the students had already won at the local, regional, and state levels.
The FCPS Career and Technology Center offers 25 career preparatory programs, most open to students in grades 10-12 who have demonstrated good attendance and met other requirements. Most require two years, and many prepare students for national and state certification and offer college credits. FCPS posts details online at education.fcps.org/ctc.
Many CTC students participate in SkillsUSA programs that help them develop and demonstrate personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. SkillsUSA championships include 100 occupational and leadership skill areas, establishing industry standards for entry-level workers in many fields. The U.S. Department of Labor cites SkillsUSA as a successful model of an employer-driven youth development program and a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap.
At the national level, more than 600 business, industry and labor organizations support SkillsUSA through financial aid, in-kind contributions and involvement in SkillsUSA activities. Support to the SkillsUSA Championships is valued at more than $36 million. More than 335,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into 18,000 chapters and 52 state and territorial associations. This includes 19,500 instructors who join as professional members. Including alumni, SkillsUSA has served more than 12.5 million annual members cumulatively since 1965.
For more information about the FCPS Career and Technology Center and SkillsUSA, please contact Principal Michael.Concepcion@fcps.org or Assistant Principal Jack.Newkirk@fcps.org at 240-236-8500. For more about the competition please visit www.skillsusa.org/.