SkillsUSA continues steep upward trend heading into state

Images courtesy of Damian Ugalde and Elaine Wang

SkillsUSA kicked off its first competition of the 2018 season with its annual Regional Leadership and Skills Conferences on January 27 and February 3.

Over 60 SPHS students participated in regionals, with 40 entries in a variety of single and team competitions. This year, the South Pas chapter garnered 10 gold, eight silver, and four bronze medals, with 29 teams qualifying to move on to state competitions.

“Each year the range of competitions depends greatly on what the individual students are interested in; students [this year] are participating in a range of competitions that from leadership to robotics and anywhere in between,” SkillsUSA California President and SPHS senior Victoria Venardi said. “[We’ve] had a surge in underclassmen members, which is amazing to have to help develop and grow both the program and their individual interests throughout the years.”

The advancing teams will compete in California’s State Leadership and Skills Conference in Ontario on April 19-22.

Note: All medals automatically advance to state competitions

Action Skills – Henry Balding
Architectural Design – Diego Zavala
Community Service – Sebastian Chinen, Liz Osoy, and Peter Suh
Computer Programming – Oliver Chang
CPS – Industrial & Engineering Technology Cluster – Talulla Chow, Jolene Lee, and Luyang Zhang
Interactive Application and Video Game Development – Damian Ugalde and Maximum Wilder-Smith
Introductory Advertising Design – Alex Mariano
Job Skill Demonstration A – Oscar Walsh
Outstanding Chapter – Celeste Amaya, Madison Pearson, and Drew Sevilla
Promotional Bulletin Board – Sean Griffin, Jaden Mullin, and Francisco Villegas

Computer Programming – Ryan Liu
Early Childhood Education – Chloe Lancaster
Entrepreneurship – Christian Brewster, Jessica Lat, Emily Newhall, and James Carl Schwab
Occupational Health and Safety – Multiple – Valeriya Smaliy, Natalie Terhune, and Dhruv Vansadia
Prepared Speech – Adam Kwoh
Related Technical Math – Ken Koyama
Screen Printing Technology – Liz Osoy
Web Design – Benjamin Pestana and Manav Shah

American Spirit – Lauren Guevara, Elaine Wang, and Angela Zhang
Architectural Design – Alicia Zhang
Prepared Speech – Michael Nelson
Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue – Max Yee and Micah Mekhitarian

Advance To State:
Interactive Application and Video Game Development – Alex Ha
Interactive Application and Video Game Development – Hongtan Chen
Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue – Isaac Blekhman and Kayden Hung
Screen Printing Technology – Archer Willems
Screen Printing Technology – Jonathan Tom
Screen Printing Technology – Jake Carless
Screen Printing Technology – Owen Baugham

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