Career and technology students advance to national competition

Career and technology students advance to national competition

Twenty-seven North Point High School students advance to the national Skills USA competition after winning first place gold medals at the state event held April 18. They will represent Charles County Public Schools at the national event scheduled for June 22-26 in Louisville.

The first-place winners are

  • Sarah Alvarez, senior, Advertising Design;
  • Estefany Garcia and Jordan Johnson, juniors, American Spirit/Interview;
  • Jerry Delph, senior, Cabinetmaking;
  • Suha Ansari, Mercedes Clark and Amy Zheng, juniors, Career Pathways – Health Science;
  • Leah Pennington and Alyssa Raqueno, juniors, Community Service;
  • Patricia Atkinson and Dylan McCabe, juniors, and Stephanie McCarter, senior, Crime Scene Investigation;
  • Nicholas Wiegand, senior, Electrical Construction Wiring;
  • Salma Ansari, Jordan Aportadera, Natalie Arimah and Noemi Arquero, seniors, Health Knowledge Bowl;
  • Christopher Johnson and Reginald Johnson, seniors, Mobile Robotic Technology;
  • Erin Green and Sarah Jones, seniors, Outstanding Chapter – High School;
  • Skye Corbin, sophomore, James Adkins, Luke Gibson and Dennis Whitley IV, juniors, and Joel Rogers, senior, Quiz Bowl; and
  • Daphine Henderson, junior, Welding Sculpture.

North Point junior Justin Arter will attend the national conference as a Skills USA Maryland State Officer, and senior Alyssa Gonnella will compete in the Early Childhood Education event as the state second-place winner because the first-place winner is unable to attend the national competition.

The following students also placed at the state event:

  • Brandon Cundiff, Juan Lopez and Roman Morgan, juniors, second place, North Point, Career Pathways – Architecture and Construction;
  • Kylie Green, Will Remik and Sean Sutherland, seniors, second place, North Point, Community Service;
  • William Sieger, junior, and Brittany Jenkins and Miriam Requeno, seniors, second place, North Point, Crime Scene Investigation;
  • Angelique Ogunsemowo, junior, second place, North Point, Customer Service;
  • Alyssa Gonnella, senior, second place, North Point, Early Childhood Education;
  • Jessica Green, senior, second place, North Point, Extemporaneous Speaking;
  • Maria Cirillo, senior, second place, North Point, Job Interview;
  • Maya Kidane, senior, second place, North Point, Medical Assisting;
  • Jenna Williams, junior, second place, North Point, Medical Math;
  • Kaitlyn Freeland, junior, second place, North Point, Medical Terminology;
  • Shawna McCarter and Jabria Miles, sophomores, and Shanda Braxton, junior, third place, North Point, Crime Scene Investigation;
  • Mychael Bell, junior, third place, North Point, Culinary Arts;
  • Cheyenne Scott, junior, third place, North Point, Internetworking;
  • Jasmine Joyce Jones, senior, third place, North Point, Job Skill Demonstration;
  • Olivia Holmes-Chesley, Devin Heilmeier and Sydney Moore, seniors, third place, North Point, Career Pathways – Law, Public Safety and Security;
  • Jeanne Dela Cruz, junior, fifth place, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, Pin Design;
  • Madelyn Donaldson, senior, fifth place, Stethem, Photography;
  • Noah O’Neil, senior, fifth place, Stethem, HVAC;
  • Shelby Burgess, Jasmine Burks and Jasmond Gray, juniors, and Michael Fraley, senior, Stethem, sixth place, Broadcast News Production;
  • Janay Douglas, senior, Stethem, sixth place, Customer Service; and
  • Jakob McGhee-Garner, senior, Stethem, eighth place, HVAC.

Skills USA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure a skilled work force. The organization serves more than 300,000 high school and college students, as well as professional members, nationwide. Skills USA competitions showcase the talents of career and technology students. The students compete locally and continue through the state and national levels. The philosophy of the competition is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to train students for employer needs.

Skills USA provides experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. The organization focuses on quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education and pride in the dignity of work. For more information on the Skills USA program, visit

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.


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