Eleven students from the Frederick County Public Schools’ Career and Technology Center (CTC) recently placed in the nation’s top eight in the 49th Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and Championships in Kansas City, MO. They competed against more than 6,000 students from across the nation and U.S. territories.
Alondra Herrera, a Career and Technology Center nursing student, earned the gold medal for first place in Nurse Assisting, and was designated the outstanding student the nation.
In addition, Morgan Harding placed fourth nationwide in Basic Health Care; Mallorie Parlon placed seventh nationwide in Extemporaneous Speech; Tremon Jenerette, Johanny Moreno, Eric Rockwell, and Peter VanGrootenbruel placed seventh nationwide in Teamworks; David Gros and Kenneth Smith placed seventh nationwide in Web Design; and Ellen Merlos and Andrea Robinson placed eighth nationwide in Outstanding Chapter.
Also recognized for outstanding achievement were Alex Miller for placing 19th in Internetworking; Tyler Adkins and Zack Lazo for placing 21st in Television Video Production; and Thomas Ranneberger placing 27th in Architectural Drafting.
To be eligible to compete at the national level, each of the 15 students had already won at the local, regional, and state levels. At the national level, there were technical competitions and written test competencies that representatives of the students’ respective technical professions, trade associations, and labor organizations as well as instructors from colleges and post- secondary technical institutes designed and administered in this $35 million event. Students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in one of 98 ccupational areas.