GCS Students Soar at SkillsUSA Contest

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For Immediate Release: May 19, 2017

Contact: Nora Murray (336) 370-8307
Media Desk (336) 574-5730

GCS Students Soar at SkillsUSA Contest
Eight first-place winners will move on to national competition in June

Greensboro, N.C. – Thousands of students, teachers, and industry members were in attendance for the annual SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference, held in Greensboro April 26-28. More than 2,600 North Carolina high school and postsecondary students competed in 110 hands-on trade, technical and leadership contests.

All first-place winners will compete at the National SkillsUSA Conference in Louisville, Ky., in June. Winners from GCS are:

First place

* Brianna Campbell, Weaver Academy – Welding Sculpture

* Nathan Schimmel, Weaver Academy – Technology Services

* Joshua Ward, Weaver Academy – Telecommunications Cabling

* Japeth Murphy, Weaver Academy – CNC Technician Competition

* Trenton Artis and Jose Castellanos, Weaver Academy – TV/Video Production

* Ethan Strubringer, Northern High – Related Technical Math

* Jeremy Lorenzo, Academy at Smith – Industrial Motor Controls

* Randy Perez, Academy at Smith – Electrical Residential Wiring

Second place

* Joshua Clopton, Weaver Academy – Diesel Technology

* Ngoc Nguyen, Weaver Academy – Related Technical Math

* Zurial Santiago, Weaver Academy – Telecommunications Cabling

* Joshua Dickens, Weaver Academy – CNC Milling Competition

* Christopher Brutcher, Weaver Academy – CNC Turning Competition

* David Genwright and Grayson Ducker, Northern High – Scientific Visualization

* Khalil Howard and LyLy Jennings, Page High – TV/Video Production

Third place

* Colt Childress, Weaver Academy – Information Technology Services

* Dylan Sams, Weaver Academy – CNC Turning Competition

* Joseph Young, Weaver Academy – Collision Repair*

* Brooke Wyrick, Northern High – Technical Drafting

Fourth place

* Zach Kuehnle, Weaver Academy – Diesel Technology

* Gabe Hruska, Weaver Academy – Collision Repair

* Katy Price, Northern High – Drafting I

Fifth place

* Josh Moore, Weaver Academy – Refinishing Technology

* Ben Madden, Northern High – Prepared Speech

* Zach Morgan, Academy at Smith – Electrical Residential Wiring

* Attending Nationals by special invitation

About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, and serves more than 73,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com.

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