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Delaware students honored by SkillsUSA at national conference




Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - Highly skilled students and advisors from across Delaware brought home honors from the 54th annual National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference last month in Louisville, Kentucky. Delaware students represented our state in competitive events such as: 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 & refrigeration, industrial motor controls, information technology, masonry, plumbing, prepared speech, technical math, welding, and more.


Highlights include:

  • A delegation of 83 students and advisors from six schools represented Delaware in national competition.
  • Delaware students earned 10 Top 10 national honors.
  • Seven students were honored as national medalists.  Gold Medalist: Ashish D'Souza (computer programming); Bronze Medalist(s): Chase Albright, Ryan Bradley, Sydney Gross, and Hannah Wolk (broadcast news production); Robert Bell (internetworking); and Alex Colon Perez (sheet metal).




Top 10 national placements:

1st place            Computer programming                                  Ashish D'Souza of POLYTECH High School (POLYTECH School District)


3rd place            Broadcast news production                           Chase Albright, Ryan Bradley, Sydney Gross & Hannah Wolk of Sussex Tech High School (Sussex Technical School District)


3rd place            Internetworking                                                Robert Bell of POLYTECH High School


3rd place            Sheet metal                                                    Alex Colon Perez of Delcastle Tech High School (New Castle County Vo-Tech School District)


4th place            Audio radio production                                  Jacob Hoffpauir & Josh Hoffpauir of Sussex Tech High School


6th place            Advertising design                                           Haley Norwood of Sussex Tech High School


7th place            Career pathways human services                 Denise Garcia Alonzo, Courtney Respes & Alyssa Todd of Delcastle Tech High School


7th place            Welding sculpture                                            Savion Hollis of Delcastle Tech High School


7th place            Industrial motor control                                 William Shaha of St. Georges Technical High School (New Castle County Vo-Tech School District)


8th place            Television (video) production                        Abigail Drummond and Julia Hardy of Sussex Tech High School


Participating Schools:

  • Delcastle
  • Hodgson (NCCVT)
  • Howard (NCCVT)
  • St. Georges
  • Sussex Tech


Delaware SkillsUSA is a career and technical student organization 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. To learn more about Delaware SkillsUSA, please visit: or contact Mike Fitzgerald by phone at (302) 735-4015 or by email at