274 compete at SkillsUSA competition at Paso High
Paso Robles High School perform well
Paso Robles High School hosted more than 274 high school and community college students in a Regional SkillsUSA competition Saturday. The students represented schools from Salinas to Santa Maria. This year the regionals were moved from Salinas to Paso Robles High School.
Some 60 contests were held in a wide range of skill areas, including culinary, early childhood education, criminal justice, first aid/CPR, automotive technology, and mobile electronics technology. Local business, industry, community and educational leaders generously volunteered their time to judge the contests, and were treated to an up-close look at well-educated, successful students.
An impressive 42 gold medals, 23 silver medals, and 11 bronze medals were awarded to Paso Robles High School students. Paso Robles High School fielded 124 contestants, 101 of whom will advance to the state SkillsUSA conference to be held in San Diego in April. Those who win at the state level advance to the National Skills USA competition to be held in Louisville, Kentucky in June.
Principal Randy Nelson said dozens of local trades people volunteered to coordinate and officiate the competition. He said the volunteers and educators were key to the event’s success.
Denise Conte of Paso Robles High School was Regional Coordinator of the event. Randy Canaday of Paso Robles High School also played an important role in bringing the regional competition to Paso Robles High School.
SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupational education. It sponsors the SkillsUSA Championship contests annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students, and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations.