More than 60 student members of SkillsUSA from Bolsa Grande, Garden Grove, Rancho Alamitos, and Santiago High Schools; and Doig, Jordan, and Ralston Intermediate Schools spent Saturday, February 1st in Riverside competing at the Region 6 contests dressed in their finest club attire after months of honing and practicing their CTE sector knowledge and technical skills with their CTE instructors and club advisors. Region 6 included middle school, high school, and college chapters from seven counties in Southern California.
Garden Grove HS student Jennifer Vergara-Munoz won a gold medal, placing first in the culinary arts competition. Her fellow GGHS student Daniel Rascol earned a bronze medal, placing third in the same contest. Jair Monroy, a GGHS medical pathway student, won a silver medal for placing 2nd in the First Aid/CPR contest.
Santiago HS student Stephanie Camacho won a gold medal for placing first in the interview contest, while her fellow SHS students Daniel Olmeda and Dylan Pacheco won silver for placing 2nd in the Digital Cinema contest. Meanwhile, SHS student Aimee Andrade won bronze and Jessica Delgado won 4th place in the elevator pitch contest.
Jordan Intermediate students Andrew Huynh, Jasmine Chau, Merejilda Penaloza, Arlene Nguyen, and Kevin Tran took home five gold medals for the Quiz Bowl competition. Ralston Intermediate students Manuel Calderon, Hung Mac, and Joshua De La Paz won silver medals for the Team Engineering Challenge, while Doig Intermediate students Matthew Nguyen, Jair Barerra, and Luis Rodriguez earned gold in the same contest.
All of the aforementioned winners, as well as other GGUSD student teams who have qualified, advance to the State level competition April 16-19 in Ontario. The students, advisors, and instructors are proud that their amazing efforts, energy, and dedication have earned them such recognition at the regional level and are confident that they will be successful in the state-level challenges ahead.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving middle school, high school and college students in Career and Technical Education pathways. SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class leaders and responsible citizens. Each chapter develops students' teamwork and leadership skills through a framework model that include personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in rigorous academics.