Students bring home second place in national SkillsUSA competition

07.30.2014 | By Andrea Vasquez

San Jacinto College engineering design graphic (EDG) students brought home silver metals from the 50th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills conference in June.

The EDG team of Robert (Rob) Ross, Van Troung, and Richard Hermoso took second place nationally with their cell phone drying device, which dries out cell phones using a hairdryer and de-humidifier after they’ve been dropped in water. Patrick Doig, another EDG student, competed in the prepared speech competition and placed fourth in the nation.

Cosmetology students Trisha McCurdy, Candice Priest, Carrie McCord, Kailie Montoya, Amy Herrera, Laura Adawin, and Sherene Adawin placed fourth nationally in opening and closing ceremonies. McCurdy was also elected state vice president for SkillsUSA Texas postsecondary. Automotive student Ryan Nelson, also competed at the national level placing 11th in the nation. Faculty members Dana Belt, Mary Ann Blake, William Buel, and David Castillo traveled with the students to the national competition.

“It was amazing to watch all the skill sets demonstrated in the competitions,” said San Jacinto College EDG professor Mary Ann Blake. “One morning, our students, along with hundreds of other SkillsUSA students, helped out at a local homeless shelter, which was so great to see. This experience will last a lifetime.”

SkillsUSA programs include local, state, and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service. More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 17,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations.

Pictured left to right: (Top row) William Buel, San Jacinto College engineering design graphics professor; Van Truong; Patrick Doig; Laura Adawin; Sherene Adawin; Richard Hermoso; and Ryan Nelson. (Front row) Mary Ann Blake, San Jacinto College engineering design graphics professor; Dana Belt, San Jacinto College cosmetology instructor; Candice Priest; Kailie Montoya; Carrie McCord; Amy Herrera; Trisha McCurdy; and David Castillo, San Jacinto College automotive instructor. Photo submitted.

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