|ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Navajo Technical College had a successful weekend competing against over five hundred students at the SkillsUSA state competition in Albuquerque, NM from April 3–6, 2013, bringing home 26 medals, 13 of which were gold.
The four-day event paired NTC against students from across the country who worked against the clock and each other in proving their expertise in trade, industrial, technical and health occupational fields. NTC placed 26 medalists in the various skill competitions, while at the same time qualifying 20 students across 13 categories for the SkillsUSA National Championships set to take place in Kansas City, MO, from June 25-26, 2013.
The twenty gold medalists who will next compete against more than 5,500 students in 94 occupational and leadership skill areas in Kansas City include: Lorencita Billiman in the category of Culinary Arts; Clinton Desiderio and Shadrick Large in the category of Digital Cinema; Larry Hoskie, Matthew Benally, Walter Cloud, and Michaelene Brown in the category of Entrepreneurship; Sirius Eriacho in the category of Commercial Baking; Jerrilene Kenneth in the category of Early Childhood Education; Shannon Begay in the category of Medical Terminology; Leandrea Johnson in the category of Nursing Assistant; Justine Pete in the category of CPR; Dellynn Wilson, Katrina Morgan, Louann Begay, and Jessica Gibson in the category of Health Knowledge Bowl; Al Hosteen in the category of Masonry; Adriane Tenequer in the category of Sustainability Solutions; Joshua Toddy in the category of Related Technical Math; and Travis Morgan in the category of Restaurant Services.
Silver medalists at the state competition included: Albertson Begay in the category of Early Childhood Education; Brittany Thomas in the category of Job Skills Demo; Lisa Trujillo in the category of CPR; Wilbur Tso in the category of Persuasive Speech; Fitzgerald Nez in the category of Sustainability Solutions; Brandon Bow in the category of Restaurant Services; and the team of Calvin Price, Emerson Long, Ben Lewis, and Winchell Tso in the category of Team Works.
Bronze medalists included: Randy Nahkai in the category of Culinary Arts; Garret Austin in the category of Job Skills Demo; Lisa Williams in the category of Early Childhood Education; Kayona Billsie in the category of CPR; Samantha Chavez in the category of Related Technical Math; and Tanesha Morgan in the category of Restaurant Services.
SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves students in public high schools, career and technical centers and schools, and two-year colleges. SkillsUSA has more than 320,000 student members annually, organized at more than 3,600 schools and in 54 state and territorial associations (including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands). Since 1965, SkillsUSA has served more than 10.5 million members.
Currently, more than 16,500 teachers and school administrators serve as professional SkillsUSA members and instructors. More than 1,100 business, industry, and labor sponsors actively support SkillsUSA at the national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities. Many more work directly with state association and local chapters.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development.
For more information visit www.SkillsUSA.org.