CCPS graduates, students place in national SkillsUSA conference

CCPS graduates, students place in national SkillsUSA conference

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students recently competed in the 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Louisville, Ky.  A team of the state’s most talented Career and Technology Education (CTE) high school students showcased their skills in 94 CTE competitions. More than 6,400 students from the United States, along with those from Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands, competed.

Madison Grace, a 2019 graduate of North Point High School earned a bronze medal in the Early Childhood Education category.

Several other CCPS students placed in various categories including:

  • Christian Frazier, 2019 graduate of North Point, Internetworking, eighth place;
  • Austin Abarca, Caryn Law and Michael Stone, 2019 graduates of North Point, Career Pathways Showcase: Business, Management and Technology;
  • Cole Clements, La Plata High School senior and Robert D. Stethem Educational Center student, Employment Application Process, ninth place; and
  • Karla Dizon, Sabreeya Holly and Madison Meade, North Point juniors, Crime Scene Investigation; 10th

SkillsUSA competitions are showcase events for CTE students. 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 and future career goals.

SkillsUSA 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. As part of the SkillsUSA program, students gain experiences in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. The organization focuses on quality of work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education and pride in the dignity of work.

For more information on the SkillsUSA program, visit 

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,108 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 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 Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, 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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