PASO ROBLES — It was another banner year for the Paso Robles High School SkillsUSA Chapter 211 as 11 students and teams earned state titles and will move on to the national competition in June.
The 52nd Annual California Leadership and Skills Conference was held April 25-28 in Ontario. Ninety PRHS students, eight advisors, and three administrators attended the Conference. Paso Robles High School competed in 34 contests. PRHS walked away with 11 gold medals, eight silver medals and nine bronze medals as individuals and teams.
The next step for the students who won a gold medal is the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 24-28.
The students winning gold and moving to the National Conference include Hannah Lowry, Zoe Murphy and Maizie Ross in Career Pathway Showcase-Health Services; Audrey Hughes in Early Childhood Education, a category that was swept by PRHS); Nathan Castro in Electrical Construction Wiring; Mya Gonzalez in Job Interview; Kadan Gallant in Plumbing; Eli Lewis in Technical Computer Applications; Mason Brown in Telecommunications Cabling, his fourth straight state title; Zac Alves in Welding for the second consecutive year); and Luke Bower, Ethan Breese, Triston Erickson in Welding Fabrication. Paso Robles also received a gold medal in Middle School Job Demo A, by Skylar Collins.
Gold medalist in a contest that is not part of the National Conference included Cecilia Martinez in 20 Second Elevator and Caeden Murphy in Shielded Metal Arc Welding.
PRHS silver medalists were: Aline Gonzales in Basic Health Care Services; Angelina Marziello in Early Childhood Education; Luke Klymshyn, Ryan Phillips in Internet Applications and Game Development; Joshua Picard in Power Equipment Technology; Robert Snipes in Related Technical Math; Bryson Chitty in Telecommunications Cabling; Avery Thompson, Kaya Wortley in Web Design; and Justin Nored in TIG Welding.
Paso Robles bronze medalists were: Ryan Smith in Cabinetmaking; Ashley Robles in CPR; Mairin McNerney in Early Childhood Education; Trevor Pafumi in Motorcycle Service Technology; Joseph Parent in Plumbing; Danielle Halebsky in Related Technical Math; Jane Nguyen in Technical Computer Applications; Garet Smolik in Telecommunications Cabling; and Cody Domingos in Oxy-Acetylene Welding.
“Thirty-four students in teams and individual contestants received medals,” stated Jen Gaviola, Deputy Superintendent of the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District. “Our school district and advisors are very proud of the hard work and hard thinking these students gave to their contests. The students prepared for these contests since the beginning of September. The training occurs in the Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathway classes.”
This is the 16th year PRHS has participated in SkillsUSA. Each of those 16 years PRHS has sent students to the National Conference. Paso Robles High School has been a strong representative for SkillsUSA California.
“We are thankful for our continued support from our community and business partners who are willing to financially support their registration, travel, lodging and materials cost required
for this conference and our Chapter,” Gaviola stated. “Students will be fundraising for the cost of this conference, please look to support our students and career technical education.”
On May 21, at 6:30 p.m., in the Culinary Arts Facility, SkillsUSA Chapter 211 will host a dinner for the sponsors and students medaling at the State Conference. The public is invited to attend this event. James Brescia, San Luis Obispo County Office of Education Superintendent, will be the guest speaker. SkillsUSA medalists will serve the dinner. Cost of the dinner is $20 per person, paid at the door.
For more information on Paso Robles SkillsUSA Chapter 211 or to reserve a seat at the dinner, email [email protected]