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Delaware SkillsUSA students honored at national conference

Delaware students brought home national awards from a SkillsUSA conference last week.
About 120 students and their advisors representing six schools across Delaware attended the 53rd annual National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference last week in Louisville, Kentucky. Delaware students represented our state in competitive events that included: architectural drafting; automotive service technology; aviation maintenance technology; carpentry; computer programming; cosmetology; criminal justice; diesel equipment technology; electronics technology; extemporaneous speaking; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration; industrial motor controls; information technology; masonry; plumbing; prepared speech; technical math; welding and more.
National Contest Medalists
• GOLD             Sheet Metal - Sarah Buehler, New Castle County Vo-Tech’s Delcastle Technical High School
• SILVER           Advertising Design - Kate Bagshaw from Sussex Tech’s Sussex Tech High School
• SILVER           Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration - Tyler Lord from New Castle County Vo-Tech’s St. Georges Technical High School
• BRONZE        Broadcast News Production - Chase Albright, Hannah Wolk, Sydney Gross, and Ryan Bradley from Sussex Tech’s Sussex Technical High School
Kimani Jackson of New Castle County Vo-Tech’s Howard High School of Technology was selected to sing the National Anthem at the conference’s opening ceremony.
Delaware SkillsUSA is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) dedicated to students who are interested in pursuing their future in technical careers. Through SkillsUSA, members have the opportunity to participate in career focused competitive events, take part in community service work, and become leaders for the organization in their school, state, and at the national level.  SkillsUSA incorporates curricular and co-curricular experiences to emphasize the importance of knowledge, leadership, skill development, and teamwork. A list of all national finalists can be obtained online at To learn more about Delaware SkillsUSA, please visit
Alison May
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