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Competitors head to state finals after SkillsUSA Regional success

San Luis High School has always reinforced its ability to provide particular programs that ensure future student success. Through the years, San Luis has opened the doors for students by introducing Career & Technical Education (CTE), Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and SkillsUSA. These programs have been able to shine an immense spotlight on many SLHS students showing their competence, hardwork, and initiative.

However, SkillsUSA has recently set foot on their own pedestal, demonstrating these three important student traits at the SkillsUSA regional competition at Arizona Western College on Jan. 26. SkillsUSA is a national organization dedicated to educate high school, middle school, and college students with career and technical skills for their future. SkillsUSA has a yearly regional competition to test the abilities of participating students on their pursuit for the state and then national competitions. Regionals featured participating schools ranging from our very own San Luis High, Kofa, Cibola, Gila Ridge, and Yuma high schools as well as others from around the region. SLHS students pose with medals.

The competition tested students in a variety of categorized challenges all from their respective program. The included programs ranged from photography, criminal justice, construction, welding and many others, and each program had their own competitive category. Each category asked students to demonstrate their technical ability in their own program. The categories varied from a crime scene investigation and a traffic stop scenario for criminal justice, forging a picnic table for welding, demonstrating basic photography skills for photography, and many others.

In the end, SLHS came out more than victorious coming home with 19 medals in 13 separate categories. For Nereida Lansman’s Yearbook class, Jesus Osuna, Melissa Moreno, Layza Ramirez, Kimberly Lemus, and Miguel Nunez medalled in their own category, and for her introductory class Andrea Costa medalled in her basic photography category. Also, for the team portion of Yearbook Salma Castenada, Astrid Correa, and Michelle Platas medalled.

Lawrence Casaus’ construction took a first placed victory for Samuel Pelayo Sanchez in his carpentry category, while Eduardo Barraza came in second for his Technical Mathematics category. Welding also took the awards stage, medaling in their team based fabrication category where they had to build a picnic table out of nothing but metal in a set time frame. Julian Borbon, Isaac Arellano, and Jorge Gonzales may proudly share about this victory.

Finally, Criminal Justice also swept the floor with medalist Rafael Lopez and Diana Hernandez and scoring a prominent first place success for their crime scene investigation team as well. The team consisted of Genesis De la Torre, Ruby Alvarez, and Kevin Pullin.

Their triumph was represented at an award ceremony that took place at the college where their accomplishments were heavily praised by the audience as they received their medals. SLHS is proud to recognize such achievements in their students and it’s moments like these that make the SLHS community one to boast about their future alumni. Their trail of success won’t stop at regionals as they will take part in the State competition on Apr. 3-4 at the Phoenix Convention Center.