Skills USA students advance to national level

Skills USA students advance to national level

Four Charles County Public high school students advance to the national Skills USA competition after winning first place at the annual Skills USA Maryland Leadership and Skills Conference held April 17. They will represent Charles County Public Schools at the National Leadership and Skills Competition scheduled for June 20-24 in Louisville, Ky.

The first-place winners are

  • Elizabeth Lopez and Fiona Quenano, juniors, North Point High School, American Spirit;
  • Jewel Washington, senior, North Point, Early Childhood Studies; and
  • Alyssa Rabasco, junior, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, Employment Application Process.

These students advanced to the state level of competition after placing in the top three scorers in their respective categories at the regional event. They earned first place at the state event from among more than 1,000 career and technology education students who competed.

The following students also placed at the state event:

  • Abdullah Ghori, senior, North Point, Cabinetmaking, second place;
  • Mercedes Clark, Angelique Ogunsemowo and Amy Zheng, seniors, North Point, Career Pathways/Health Science, second place;
  • Madison Stanley, junior, and Akira Moss and Tiara White, seniors, North Point, Career Pathways/Natural Resources, Agriculture, Foods, second place;
  • Elizabeth Hughley and Alyssa Raqueno, seniors, and Elizabeth Varela, junior, North Point, Community Service, second place;
  • Estefany Garcia and Dylan McCabe, seniors, and Ethan Snider, sophomore, North Point, Crime Scene Investigation, second place;
  • Jerod Neal and Elijah Vaughan, seniors, North Point, Digital Cinema Production, second place;
  • Morgan Kline, senior, North Point, Early Childhood Studies, second place;
  • Shelby Davis, Jordan Lloyd and Jenna Williams, seniors, North Point, Outstanding Chapter, second place;
  • Lauren Davis, Teya Regala and Taylor Vauss, juniors, Stethem, Promotional Bulletin Board, second place;
  • Amara Gammons and Andrew Fan, freshmen, Skye Corbin and Nathan Hubbell, juniors, and James Adkins and Luke Gibson, seniors, North Point, Quiz Bowl, second place;
  • Brandon Cundiff, Joy Kim, Miguel Lopez and Roman Morgan, seniors, North Point, Teamworks, second place;
  • Tayyab Nawaz and Stephen Williams, juniors, North Point, Career Pathways/Construction, third place;
  • Carla Arquero, Maxwell Palmer and Esha Satam, juniors, North Point, Career Pathways/Science & Math, third place;
  • Justin Arter and Matthew Bowie, seniors, North Point, Criminal Justice, third place;
  • Maren Angala, senior, North Point, Early Childhood Studies, third place;
  • Suha Ansari, Catherine Co, Emilia Milheim and Lean Pennington, seniors, North Point, Health Knowledge Bowl, third place;
  • Derek Nunn, senior, North Point, Industrial Motor Control, third place;
  • Cheyenne Scott, senior, North Point, Internetworking, third place;
  • Brittany Henderson, senior, North Point, Nurse Assisting, third place;
  • Daphine Henderson, senior, North Point, Welding Sculpture, third place;
  • Shelby Burgess, Jasmond Gray, Jaren Jamison and Chad Potter, seniors, Stethem, Broadcast News, fourth place;
  • Victoria McGinnis, junior, Stethem, T Shirt Design, sixth place; and
  • Jonathan Corbett, junior, and Jordan Queen, senior, Stethem, Digital Cinema, tenth place.

The Skills USA regional competition is a showcase event for career and technology students in the tri-county area. 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 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 Skills USA program, students gain experiences 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 26,300 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.

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