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Gila Ridge students place at SkillsUSA State Competition

Gila Ridge High School SkillsUSA students recently competed at the Arizona State Leadership and Skills Competition at the Phoenix Convention Center on April 11-12, 2019.

The state competition showcases the winners of the regional competitions that were held in January and February across the state.

Welding student Gabriel Alcares won a bronze medal in the Welding Sculpture competition, while Nichole Turner won a silver medal in the same competition. Welding, a Career and Technical Education class, is instructed by Michael Young, whose students have annually placed well in regional and state competitions. Last year, Young’s class designed the Welcome to Yuma steamboat located on 16th Street near Interstate 8.

Criminal Justice students also won a bronze medal in the Career Pathways Showcase- Human Services Division. The winning team consisted of Bianca Inzuza, Esther Lopez, and Cassidy Tabor. Criminal Justice is also a CTE course that is instructed by Andrew Mercer.

Students that placed in the State Competition will be competing at the SkillsUSA National Competition which is June 24-28, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky.

James Kuzniak
jkuzniak@yumaunion.org