Students Earn Gold Medals in 11 Statewide Competitions

Students Earn Gold Medals in 11 Statewide Competitions

In statewide SkillsUSA competition, 29 Frederick County Public Schools’ Career and Technology Center (CTC) students earned first-place gold medals in 11 competitions, some of which required teams. Of the gold medalists, 23 qualify to represent Maryland in the National SkillsUSA Championships, June 25-29 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 Brunswick: Makala Harrison* in Basic Health Care Skills and Jonathan Henry* in Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue


*From Catoctin: Olivia Dart* in the Career Pathways Showcase for manufacturing, Nathan Schwartzbeck* in Welding Fabrication, Cheyenne Scobie* in Broadcast News Production, Samantha Smith* in Nail Care and Isaac Storer* in Web Design


*From Frederick: Hannah Lynne* in Screen Printing Technology

*From Gov Thomas Johnson: Andrew Daddone* and Layke Martin* in Additive Manufacturing, Rebecca Dennis* and Grace Parente* in Broadcast News Production, Darion Haile* and Ly Nguyen* in Humanoid Robotics, Jacob Ramsey* in the Career Pathways Showcase for manufacturing and Vanessa Reyes* in Nail Care


*From Middletown: Jhared Biddinger* and Dylan Martinez* in Welding Fabrication, Brian McGiffin in the Career Pathways Showcase for Science, Technology and Math, and Brooklyn Poff in the Career Pathways Showcase for Architecture and Construction


*From Oakdale: Aubrey Dearstine in the Career Pathways Showcase for Architecture and Construction, Cole Thrailkill* in Web Design and Trevor Wheelock* in Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue,


*From Tuscarora:  Ryan Vu in the Career Pathways Showcase for Science, Technology and Math


*From Urbana: Charles Giglio in the Career Pathways Showcase for Science, Technology and Math, Mike Manning* in Broadcast News Production, Grace Neff* in Technical Drafting, and Robert Wilson in the Career Pathways Showcase for Architecture and Construction


*From Walkersville: Jackson Larimore* in the Career Pathways Showcase for manufacturing


Also at the state-level competition, 13 CTC students earned second-place silver medals in 9 competitions, and 7 earned bronze in 6 competitions. In addition, students Rebeca Lazo from Middletown and Dalton Wine from Catoctin qualified to attend the national event as voting delegates.


Below are descriptions of the 10 competitions in which local students placed first:

*In Additive Manufacturing, students design objects for 3D printing, composed of layers of deposited materials.


*In Basic Health Care Skills, students perform entry-level healthcare procedures evaluated through written, spoken and skills testing.


*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 competitions, 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 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.


*The Nail Care category evaluates students’ preparation for employment and covers communication skills, acrylic application, tips applied and overlaid with a light-cured gel, polish application, nail art, pedicuring and a written exam on sanitation, chemical safety and salon procedures.


*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 Screen Printing Technology, students are tested on their ability to prepare screens, register a multi-color design on a manual four-color one-station rotary press, and print a multi-color design on a manual six-color four-state rotary press.


*The Technical Drafting contest requires students to apply appropriate skills and tools including computer-aided drafting (CAD) to solve industry-developed problems.


*In Web Design, teams complete a series of challenges focusing on website usability and accessibility, with at least one challenge related to scripting.


*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.          


The CTC welcomes community members’ support in helping fund travel to national competition for the qualifying students who earned gold medals. Please contact Principal or SkillsUSA lead advisor, 240-236-8500, for more information.  


*qualified to represent Maryland in competition at the National Skills Championships