Worcester Students Shine at 2018 SkillsUSA National Conference

Worcester Students Shine at 2018 SkillsUSA National Conference
Posted on 07/16/2018

BALTIMORE (July 12, 2018) – Maryland Career and Technology students challenged 6,400 other student champions from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and Virgin Islands, at this year’s 54th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) held in Louisville, KY. Over 100 Maryland students competed in 90 Career and Technology Education (CTE) program-aligned competitions, and brought home a record-breaking 27 medals. United States Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos attended this year's conference and expressed her support of CTE and the SkillsUSA student organization.

Conference attendees also celebrated two nationally-recognized Maryland advisors, Etta Maynard (Wicomico County) for honorary life membership and Marjorie Kellman (Washington County) for advisor of the year. Dorchester County’s SkillsUSA chapter was recognized as a National SkillsUSA Models of Excellence recipient. Additionally, 2017 Graphic Communications national gold medalist Brittany Whitestone earned a spot on Team USA and will be travelling to Kazan, Russia in 2019 for the WorldSkills competitions, where Team USA will compete against the best CTE students from across the globe.

Demonstrating exemplary CTE training, Maryland students competing in Career Pathways-Industrial and Engineering Technology, Electronics Technology, First Aid/CPR, Graphic Communications, Medical Math and Promotional Bulletin Board are officially among the best in the nation, returning home with gold medals. Silver medals were awarded to students in Cosmetology, Diesel Equipment Technology, Humanoid Robotics, Quiz Bowl and Television (Video) Production. Bronze medals were awarded to students competing in Additive Manufacturing, Digital Cinema, and Nurse Assisting.

SkillsUSA Maryland has a statewide membership of 6,000 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. In April, Maryland CTE students representing 23 counties and Baltimore City competed at the 2018 SkillsUSA State Championships held at education centers throughout Maryland.

The following students from Worcester County finished the national challenge with outstanding accomplishments:

4th Place – Mobile Robotics Technology
Maggie Kemp, Kaleb Schmucki, Worcester Technical High School – Worcester County

6th Place – Career Pathways – Health Services
Danielle Munn, Sierra Payne, Makayla Zajdel, Worcester Technical High School – Worcester County

6th Place – Career Pathways – Human Services
Mia Dill, Stacia Elbert, Helen Odenwald, Worcester Technical High School – Worcester County

6th Place – Occupational Health and Safety - Single
Harley Elsner, Zachary Moats, Darren Taylor Jr., Worcester Technical High School – Worcester County

6th Place – Team Engineering Challenge (MS)
Chase Farlow, Daniel Outten, Rebecca Staines, Worcester Technical High School - Worcester County

7th Place – Related Technical Math
Shea Griffin, Worcester Technical High School – Worcester County

9th Place – Building Maintenance
Eric Taylor, Worcester Technical High School – Worcester County

10th Place – Community Action Project
DeShawn Collick, Adam Taylor, Worcester Technical High School – Worcester County

For more information about Career Technology Education and SkillsUSA, please contact Charles Wallace, State Director, Maryland State Department of Education at 410-767-8872. You can also visit the Maryland State Department of Education’s website at http://www.mdcteprograms.org/ or visit the official SkillsUSA Maryland website at www.mdskillsusa.org.