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SkillsUSA students win big at nationals

SkillsUSA students win big at nationals
Posted on 07/05/2022

Several students from A&M Consolidated and College Station High Schools placed in the top five in their respective events at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Competition.

Highlighting the CSISD contestants was Hayden Clarke, who won the national championship in Cabinetmaking.  Clarke, a 2022 CSHS graduate, was advised by CSHS CTE Teacher Jim Dawson.

In this contest, students build a small cabinet or piece of furniture from the materials and drawings supplied. Contestants are expected to read the drawings, lay out and cut the parts using a variety of tools. The parts must be accurately assembled, sanded and adjusted to tolerances specified by the judges.

In addition, 2022 Consol graduate Stephen Fink placed third in the nation in computer programming, while the CSHS Digital Cinema Production Team, consisting of juniors Dat Ha and Joseph Chunga-Pizarro, also placed third.

In the computer programming contest, students demonstrate knowledge of computer programming, describe how programs and programming languages work and describe the purposes and practices of structured programming.

The digital cinema production contest is designed to evaluate and recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism with their filmmaking skills in the areas of development, preproduction, production and post production through the writing, producing, directing and editing of a four to five minute short film based on the prompt given.

The AMCHS Career Pathway Showcase (Business, Management, and Technology) Team placed fifth in the nation.  The team members were seniors Christopher Kim and Amy Zapata, and junior Esteban Gonzalez. 

Student teams use their course of study as the basis of a project that will benefit their class, school, community or industry. Upon completion of the project, the students will develop a display and use it within the community to explain their training and project. This contest will judge mastery of their training, its application, the project’s benefit to their community, and display and presentation techniques.

CSHS CTE Teacher Stepehn Green was the advisor for the digital cinema production team, while AMCHS CTE teacher Michael Howard was the advisor for computer programming and career pathway showcase.

The SkillsUSA Championships are career competition events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. Nearly 2,000 judges and contest organizers from labor and management make the national event possible. The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.

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