SMCPS’ Students Finish Maryland’s SkillsUSA National Challenge

November 30, 2012

A team of the state’s most talented Career and Technology Education (CTE) high school students showcased their skills in 77 career and technical competitions. Demonstrating exemplary CTE training, Maryland students challenged 6,000 other student champions from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.

A Maryland student in Principles of Technology is officially among the best in the nation, returning with a gold medal. Silver medals were awarded to students in Action Skills, Advertising Design, Dental Assisting, Graphic Communications, Industrial Motor Control, Medical Terminology, Nurse Assisting, Promotional Bulletin Board and TeamWorks. Bronze medals were awarded in Collision Repair Technology, Electronics Technology, Medical Assisting and Mobile Electronics Installation.

SkillsUSA Maryland has a statewide membership of 5,100 high school students. Members have consistently demonstrated their expertise and professionalism while participating throughout the year in a variety of leadership and competitive conferences. The Maryland State Department of Education, in cooperation with business, industry, and education partners, coordinates two annual statewide conferences to prepare students for this rigorous national competition.

Maryland CTE students representing 23 counties and Baltimore City competed at the 2012 SkillsUSA State Championships held at Anne Arundel Community Television, Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy, Center of Applied Technology North, CCBC Catonsville, Earlbeck Gases and Technologies, North County High School, Printing Specialist Corporation, Stevenson University, Stratford University and UMBC.

The following students from St. Mary’s County Public Schools finished the national challenge with outstanding accomplishments:
Silver Medal – Dental Assisting – Liza Grider, Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center

6th Place – First Aid / CPR – Amber Major, Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center

8th Place – Aviation Maintenance Technology – Nicholas Fernald, Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology

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