Delaware Students Excel at National Career Tech Conferences

High-school students from across Delaware won top honors in three national Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) competitions this summer, demonstrating their dedication, leadership and skill in pursuit of future technical careers.

More than 320 students and advisors from throughout the state attended national conferences in Louisville, Dallas, and Anaheim last month. Thirty-seven student competitors and 18 school teams from Delaware earned Top 10 honors at these events.

SkillsUSA Leadership Conference

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At the 50th annual National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, Delaware students participated in 62 hands-on, minds-on competitive events that included architectural drafting, cosmetology, technical math and more. SkillsUSA is a CTSO for students interested in pursuing future technical careers.

The following students earned Top Ten SkillsUSA honors:

1st – Advertising Design – Ciara Jacobi – Sussex Tech High School
1st – Sheet Metal Jonathan Perez Delcastle Tech High School
1st – Welding Sculpture Anthony DeAngelis Delcastle Tech High School
2nd – Automotive Service Technology Shawn Deel Delcastle Tech High School
2nd – Broadcast News Billy Voges, Kimberly Herrera, Matt Rogers, Zach Zellhart Sussex Tech High School
4th – Architectural Drafting Gabe Cox Paul M Hodgson Vo-Tech
4th – Electronics Technology Mark Seda POLYTECH High School
5th – Automotive Refinishing Technology Lane Metheny POLYTECH High School
5th – Cosmetology Guadalupe Gonzalez Sussex Tech High School
6th – Customer Service Colton Platzke Sussex Tech High School
7th – Building Maintenance Joshua Lowe Delcastle Tech High School
7th – Robotics and Automation Technology David Bradley, Eliezer Shahid Sussex Tech High School
8th – Aviation Maintenance Technology Bailey Matthews Delcastle Tech High School
8th  – Early Childhood Education Mallory O’Mara Saint George’s Technical High School
8th  – Television (Video) Production Abigail Gaunt, MJ Greene Sussex Tech High School
9th  – Career Pathways – Human Services Brook Santana, Ciarran Grayson, Teron Booker-Parquet Howard High School of Technology
9th  – Plumbing Nick Beaudet Saint George’s Technical High School
9th  – Screen Printing Technology Brittany Jennings Delcastle Tech High School
10th  – Related Technical Math Derek Beachy POLYTECH High School
10th  – Telecommunications Cabling Benson Huber POLYTECH High School

Technology Student Association (TSA) Conference

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At the 2015 Technology Student Association (TSA) Conference in Dallas, Texas, nearly 100 Delaware students participated in 61 competitive events, such as engineering, video game design, robotics, rocketry and more. TSA is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) dedicated to students interested in the future of invention, innovation, engineering and technology.

The following school teams earned Top 10 TSA honors:

1st – Music Production Mount Pleasant High School
2nd – On Demand Video Caesar Rodney High School
2nd –  Photographic Technology Appoquinimink High School
3rd – Electrical Applications H.B. duPont Middle School
3rd – Software Development Caesar Rodney High School
3rd – Webmaster Cab Calloway School Of The Arts
4th – Essays on Technology Concord High School
4th – Problem Solving Postlethwait Middle School
4th – System Control Technology P. S. duPont Middle School
6th – Electrical Applications H.B. duPont Middle School
6th – Technology Bowl, Team P. S. duPont Middle School
7th – Digital Video Production Cab Calloway School Of The Arts
7th – Technology Bowl, Written P. S. duPont Middle School
7th – Video Game Design H.B. duPont Middle School
9th – Desktop Publishing Mount Pleasant High School
9th – Essays on Technology P. S. duPont Middle School
9th – Photographic Technology Cab Calloway School Of The Arts
10th – Structural Design and Engineering Mount Pleasant High School

HOSA-Future Health Professionals National Leadership Conference

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At the 38th annual HOSA-Future Health Professionals National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, Delaware students represented the First State in competitive events that included medical math, physical therapy and nursing assisting.

Delaware HOSA is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) dedicated to students who are interested in pursuing their future in a career in healthcare.
The following students earned Top 10 HOSA honors:

1st – Dental Terminology Abigail Adams Sussex Technical High School
6th – Dental Terminology Kaitlyn Neibert Sussex Technical High School
8th – Dental Terminology Jennifer Linares Sussex Technical High School

1st – Health Career Display Lauren Rentz POLYTECH High School
1st – Health Career Display Lauren Lee POLYTECH High School

1st – Dental Science Hiten Patel Sussex Technical High School
2nd – Dental Science Thomas (TJ) Pinto Sussex Technical High School

10th – Emergency Medical Technician Shawna Killen St. Georges Technical HS
10th – Emergency Medical Technician Jazlyn Washington St. Georges Technical HS

8th – Nursing Assisting Renee Adams Sussex Technical High School