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YUHSD wins gold in 13 competitions at SkillsUSA state

Yuma Union High School District students won gold medals in 13 separate competitions at SkillsUSA’s annual State Leadership and Skills Competition on Apr. 12-13, 2019 at the Phoenix Convention Center. SkillsUSA students celebrating their medals

Competing in more than 40 events, nearly 300 students from YUHSD attended the event. Overall, YUHSD made up close to one-sixth of the state qualifiers.

“The SkillsUSA state conference is something that we look forward to attending each year,” YUHSD Superintendent Gina Thompson said. “The students worked so hard throughout the previous months to prepare and seeing them show off the skills they’ve acquired over time is a rewarding, rejuvenating experience. To have the continued success at the state and national level across our district, is a wonderful indication of the lasting imprint CTE (Career & Technical Education) is making in Yuma.”

Thompson was one of several administrators from YUHSD who toured the competition floor during the SkillsUSA events.

Overall, 75 YUHSD students took home medals and Kofa High School and Cibola High School were both honored as “Gold Level” SkillsUSA Chapters of Distinction. San Luis High School had seven students win SkillsUSA Arizona scholarships. There are only 10 such scholarship awards presented to students across the state each year.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce, serving more than 300,000 students and instructors annually. The organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations. More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA.

Below is a list of all the individual medalists:

School

Medal

SkillsUSA Contest

Student Name

Cibola

Gold

Criminal Justice Knowledge Bowl

AJ Carrillo

Cibola

Gold

Criminal Justice Knowledge Bowl

Sydney Cazares

Cibola

Gold

Criminal Justice Knowledge Bowl

Jose Munoz

Cibola

Gold

Criminal Justice Knowledge Bowl

Isabel Palomares

Cibola

Gold

Criminal Justice Knowledge Bowl

Angela Ugalde

Cibola

Gold

Career Pathways Showcase: Human Services

Jodi Yager

Cibola

Gold

Career Pathways Showcase: Human Services

Alyssa Yanez

Cibola

Gold

Career Pathways Showcase: Human Services

Vivian Hernandez

Cibola

Gold

Criminal Justice

Angela Ugalde

Cibola

Gold

Restaurant Service

Jose Trujillo

Kofa

Gold

Opening & Closing Cermonies

Keianna Hooker

Kofa

Gold

Opening & Closing Cermonies

Ariam Acedo

Kofa

Gold

Opening & Closing Cermonies

Karla Rodriguez

Kofa

Gold

Opening & Closing Cermonies

Emily Samarripa

Kofa

Gold

Opening & Closing Cermonies

Jocelyn Ortega

Kofa

Gold

Opening & Closing Cermonies

Monica Ozuna

Kofa

Gold

Opening & Closing Cermonies

Zael Valadez

Kofa

Gold

Outstanding Chapter

Yuviselie Ramirez

Kofa

Gold

Outstanding Chapter

Cheyenne Cole

Kofa

Gold

Outstanding Chapter

Gabby Delgado

San Luis

Gold

Career Pathways Showcase: Industrial & Egineering

Alfani Quintero

San Luis

Gold

Career Pathways Showcase: Industrial & Egineering

Kayta Padilla

San Luis

Gold

Career Pathways Showcase: Industrial & Egineering

Erick Acosta

Yuma

Gold

Promtional Bulletin Board

Isaac Martinez

Yuma

Gold

Promtional Bulletin Board

Xavier Ramos

Yuma

Gold

Promtional Bulletin Board

Nathan Van Horn

Yuma

Gold

Building Maintenance

Joshua Nevels

Kofa

Gold

Culinary Arts

Gavino Palomares

Kofa

Gold

Commercial Baking

Karen Rivas

Kofa

Gold

Action Skills

Alexander Bird

Kofa

Gold

Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Karen Rivas

Kofa

Gold

Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Gavino Palomares

Kofa

Gold

Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Erubiel Contreras

Kofa

Gold

Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Louisa Lopez

Kofa

Gold

Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Citlaly Gomez

Cibola

Silver

Criminal Jusice

Sydney Cazares

Cibola

Silver

Commercial Baking

Kaelyn Jameson

Cibola

Silver

Culinary Arts

Fatima Rangel

Cibola

Silver

Prepared Speach

Alyssa Gomez

Cibola

Silver

Customer Service

Britany Medina

Gila Ridge

Silver

Welding Sculpture

Nichole Turner

Kofa

Silver

Entrepreneurship

Aceana Miller

Kofa

Silver

Entrepreneurship

Abigail Pasillas

Kofa

Silver

Entrepreneurship

Jessica Gonzalez

Kofa

Silver

Entrepreneurship

Juliana Carrasco

Kofa

Silver

Firefighting

Tristan Creekmore

Kofa

Silver

Restaurant Service

Jyannell Guerrero

Kofa

Silver

Building Maintenance

Gilberto A Alonzo Meza

Kofa

Silver

Power Equipment Technology

Victor Sanchez

San Luis

Silver

Chapter Display

Astrid Correa

San Luis

Silver

Chapter Display

Michelle Platas

San Luis

Silver

Chapter Display

Salma Castaneda

Yuma

Silver

Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Breana Meza

Yuma

Silver

Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Anthony Minard

Yuma

Silver

Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Samantha Castellanos-Vazquez

Yuma

Silver

Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Xanth Cachora-Canez

Yuma

Silver

Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Oscar Perez-Fierros

Cibola

Bronze

Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Kaelyn Jameson

Cibola

Bronze

Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Fatima Rangel

Cibola

Bronze

Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Exavier Jimenez

Cibola

Bronze

Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Ana Colin

Cibola

Bronze

Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Milagros Acosta

Gila Ridge

Bronze

Welding Sculpture

Gabriel Alcares

Gila Ridge

Bronze

Career Pathways Showcase- Human Services

Bianca Inzuza, Esther Lopez, Cassidy Tabor

Kofa

Bronze

Chapter Display

Angel Barron

Kofa

Bronze

Chapter Display

Adan Gutierrez Hernandez

Kofa

Bronze

Chapter Display

Ricardo Pereida

Kofa

Bronze

Building Maintenance

Jillian Ponce

Yuma

Bronze

Career Pathways Showcase- Business Mgt and Tech

Jesus Lopez-Gonzalez

Yuma

Bronze

Career Pathways Showcase- Business Mgt and Tech

Oscar Narez-Ruiz

Yuma

Bronze

Career Pathways Showcase- Business Mgt and Tech

Jasmine Perez

Yuma

Bronze

Career Pathways Showcase- Industrial and Engineering Tech

Isaiah Gomez

Yuma

Bronze

Career Pathways Showcase- Industrial and Engineering Tech

Norbert Saldana

Yuma

Bronze

Career Pathways Showcase- Industrial and Engineering Tech

Joshua Salguero-Saavedra

Kofa

Bronze

Restaurant Service

Stephanie Espinoza

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org