Louisville, Ky~ Students from technical education programs in area high schools and colleges won the nation's highest awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference here last week.
Industry leaders representing more than 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students for demonstrating excellence in 100 hands-on occupational and leadership competitions, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. All competitions are designed, run and judged by industry using industry standards.
Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA Championships is for high-school and college-level students who are members of the 360,000-member SkillsUSA organization.
For La Mirada, Team MF (Vanessa Lechuga, Dalia Nute, Alyssa Perez), was awarded the High School Gold medal in Career Pathways - Human Services.
Also for La Mirada High, Team RA (Brandon Remedios, Valerie Vasquez, Sefani Carranco) was awarded the High School Bronze medal in Career Pathways - Business, Management and Technology.
In addition, Skill Point Certificates were awarded in 86 occupational and leadership areas to students who achieved a high score defined by industry.
For La Mirada, Dakota Sun was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Welding Sculpture.
The SkillsUSA Championships have been a premier event since 1967, "More than 6,000 students from every state in the nation came to compete in the SkillsUSA Championships this week," said SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence,"This is the SkillsUSA partnership at its best. Students, instructors and industry representatives are working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce and every student excels. These students prove that career and technical education expands opportunities."