Two of C-P’s cabinetry teams competing took top honors at the state meet. One team consisted of Lisa Lageschaar and Irma Tellez and the other team was made up of Hector and Fabian Hernandez, Billy Brena, Angel Mercado and Alfredo Mejia.
The carpentry team consisting of Ole Gutierrez, Evelyn and Elizabeth Zarco, Christina Sandate and Lanequia Bryant were also lauded for their first place finish at the meet.
A fourth team also was recognized for taking second place honors in the SkillsUSA carpentry category. That second place carpentry team included Juan Morales, Marisol Presiado, Ale Hernandez, Even Tellez and Zoila Gonzalez.
The teams were lead by Tony Glasscock, C-P construction skills teacher.
The Texas SkillsUSA contest was held March 31-April 4, at American Bank Center, Omin Hotel and Del Mar College in Corpus Christi.
State contest winners advance to the national contest, where they have the opportunity to compete against more than 5,000 other outstanding career and technical students from across the country in 91 hands-on trade, technical and leadership fields. The 4th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference will be held held June 21-26 in Kansas City, according to the national SkillsUSA website.
Texas SkillsUSA is a non-profit youth organization designed to facilitate trade and industry education, enhance curriculum and involve all students. The program is geared to help students develop essential skills such as communication and teamwork, it teaches the importance of developing leadership skills, positive attitudes and pride in workmanship, according to the state group’s website.
Ideally, participation in Texas SkillsUSA, which is also part of Skills USA, will help students gain a competitive edge in the work force through the national organization which works directly with business and industry to maintain American productivity, quality and competitiveness.
There are more than 1000 Texas SkillsUSA chapters at public schools and trade/technical schools. Texas SkillsUSA serves nearly 15,500 student and professional members who are enrolled in trade, technical, industrial and health occupations programs.
Texas SkillsUSA prepares students for employment by introducing them to corporate quality culture and emphasizing “respect for the dignity of work, high standards in trade ethics, superior workmanship, quality and safety,” the website notes.
For more information about Texas SkillsUSA or SkillsUSA, visit www.skillsusatx.org or www.skillsusa.org.
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