Career and Technology Students Advance to State Competition

LA PLATA, Md. (March 19, 2010)—More than 20 North Point High School students placed in the regional Skills USA competition held last month. They advance to the state level competition, scheduled for March 26-27 in Baltimore.

The Skills USA/VICA regional competition is a showcase event for career and technology students in the tri-county area. 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.

The students who placed in the regional competition include:

-- Melanie Balakit, senior, first place, Advertising Design;

-- William Bowie, senior, first place, Auto Refinishing;

-- Joshua Moseley, senior, second place, Auto Refinishing;

-- Torriana Stewart, senior, third place, Auto Refinishing;

-- Mark Bonds, junior, second place, Carpentry;

-- Jesse Wood, junior, third place, Carpentry;

-- Justin Bottorf, senior, first place, Collision Repair;

-- Cassius Sendish, senior, second place, Collision Repair;

-- Evan McIntyre, senior, third place, Collision Repair;

-- Davia Low, senior, first place, Cosmetology;

-- LaBria Jones, senior, second place, Cosmetology;

-- Jasmyne Smith, senior, third place, Cosmetology;

-- Chris Chambelee, senior, first place, Criminal Justice;

-- Matthew Lorman, senior, first place, Culinary Arts;

-- Javonte Hawkins, senior, second place, Culinary Arts;

-- William Tomlinson, senior, third place, Culinary Arts;

-- Alina Zayas, junior, first place, Pre-School Teaching Assistant;

-- Ariana Ruff, senior, second place, Pre-School Teaching Assistant;

-- Simone Hanna, senior, third place, Pre-School Teaching Assistant;

-- Eden Cunningham, senior, third place, Nursing Assisting;

-- Alex Goldzwig-Ross, junior, second place, Residential Wiring; and

-- Brian Rollins, junior, second place, Welding.

Students who earn first place at the state level are eligible to compete in the Skills USA National Championships scheduled for June 20-25 in Kansas City.

North Point is a comprehensive high school, located in Waldorf, that offers science, technology and industry courses in addition to the core curriculum for students.

Source: Charles County Public School System

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