Champions at Work

Apple Valley Unified School District

ROP/CTE students from both Apple Valley High School and Granite Hills High School recently attended the SkillsUSA California State Championship and Leadership Conference in San Diego. Back in January, 85 students from both high schools competed at the SkillsUSA Region Competition and won either gold or silver medals in order to advance to the State Conference. Out of those 85 students 73 of them advanced to the SkillsUSA State Conference, making it the largest group of students from Apple Valley Unified School District to attend a SkillsUSA State Conference. These 73 students worked against the clock with around 1,800 other students in California, proving their expertise in occupations like culinary arts, commercial baking, precision machining, welding fabrication, medical terminology, first aid/CPR, web design, screen printing design and digital cinema production just to name a few. Leadership contestants demonstrated skills including prepared speech, job interview, promotional bulletin board and chapter business procedures.

Apple Valley High School had 22 medal winners at the SkillsUSA California State Championship and Leadership Conference. From these 22 students, six were gold medal winners and Dakota Hathaway was elected to serve as the next Vice President State Officer. These students will now advance to the 51st SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Kentucky this June. Curtys Kingston, bakery occupation student, was awarded a gold medal in commercial baking and was the only male contestant in his competition. Luis Elizondo competed for the first time with precision machining students and won a gold medal in the CNC Technician category. Jacob Ray was the first student to compete in technical computer application from Apple Valley High School and also won a gold medal. The promotional bulletin board team of three, Gabriel Lopez, Morgan Kennedy and Blanca Mandujano won a gold medal for their outstanding creative display that will now take them to nationals.

Granite Hills High School had six medal winners and all were awarded gold medals, allowing them to also advance to Nationals. These six students are members of a team that competed in business chapter procedures; John Amaro, Cleo Jarnagin, Ana Martinez, Arthur Sanchez, Cayla Torrez and Rivis Jarnagin. This was their first time competing and representing Granite Hills High School’s Systems Control and Design Academy (SCADA). Teacher and advisor, Teri Brown, says “Our kids had a wonderful time at the state competition and now have a much better idea of the opportunities they will have in this organization and what they will need to do as a club to achieve their goals.”

These outstanding ROP/CTE students from Apple Valley Unified School District will represent California at the NLSC June 22-26, 2015. More than 6,000 students nationwide, all state winners, will compete hands-on in 99 different trades, technical and leadership fields. Students will be tested on competencies set by industry and nearly 1,500 judges and contest organizers from labor and management will make the National event possible.

We wish all our students lots of luck!