Eleven of 25 students from the Frederick County Public Schools’ Career and Technology Center (CTC) recently placed in the national top ten at the 54th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and Championships in Louisville, KY. They competed against more than 6,500 students from across the nation and U.S. territories. The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events with over 100 contests showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation.
The team of Olivia Dart, Jacob Ramsey and Jackson Larimore, CTC students in the Auto CAD Engineering program, earned a gold medal for first place nationwide in the Career Pathways Showcase: Manufacturing competition. The team of Ly Nguyen and Darion Haile, from the Auto CAD Engineering program, earned a silver medal for second place nationwide in the Humanoid Robotics competition. The team of Andrew Daddone and Layke Martin, from the Auto CAD Engineering program, earned a bronze medal for third place nationwide in the Additive Manufacturing competition.
In addition, the team of Jhared Biddinger, Dylan Martinez, and Nathan Schwartzbeck placed sixth nationwide in Welding Fabrication, and Grace Neff placed ninth nationwide in the Technical Drafting competitions.
Also recognized for outstanding achievement and representing the state of Maryland were Makala Harrison for Basic Healthcare Skills, the team of Jonathan Henry and Trevor Wheelock for Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue, Hannah Lynn for Screen Printing Technology, the team of Isaac Storer and Cole Thrailkill for Web Design, and the team of Noah Anderson, John Dougherty, Braden Lockard, and Michael Manning for Broadcast News Production.
Dalton Wine, Rebeca Lazo, Rachel Burns and Brian McGiffin also accompanied the CTC group as SkillsUSA voting delegates for the state of Maryland.
To be eligible to compete at the national level, 21 of the 25 students had already won at the local, regional, and state levels. More than 600 business, industry and labor organizations support SkillsUSA at the national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions and involvement in SkillsUSA activities. 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 membership totals over 394,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 12.5 million annual members cumulatively since 1965.
SkillsUSA offers local, state and national programs that allow students to develop and demonstrate personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. These three components comprise the SkillsUSA Framework, which serves as a blueprint for career readiness. The competitions establish industry standards for entry-level workers in many fields. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and cited as a successful model of an employer-driven youth development program by the U.S. Department of Labor.
According to its website, SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap as it empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry professionals, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide recognition to students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials.
For more information about the FCPS Career and Technology Center, 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 http://www.skillsusa.org/.
In the photo, left to right:
Front row: Hannah Lynn, Rebeca Lazo, Olivia Dart, Rachel Burns, Ly Nguyen, Makala Harrison;
Second row: Dalton Wine, Andrew Daddone, Brian McGiffin, Isaac Storer, Grace Neff;
Third row: Noah Anderson, Cole Thrailkill, Michael Manning, Trevor Wheelock;
Fourth row: Dylan Martinez, Braden Lockard, John Dougherty, Layke Martin, Jonathan Henry;
Back row: Darion Haile, Jacob Ramsey, Jhared Biddinger, Nathan Schwartzbeck, Jackson Larimore