More than $800,000 in student scholarships and prizes will be awarded next week.
Delaware SkillsUSA contests were held at sites throughout the state in the month of February with nearly 900 students, advisers, and judges who represent business and industry from throughout the state participating in 61 state contests.
The more than $800,000 in student scholarships and prizes will be awarded from partners such as Automotive Training Center, Delaware Technical Community College, Universal Technical Institute, IBEW Local 313, Keen Gas Company, Lincoln Electric, Lowe’s, Miller Electric Manufacturing Company, Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, and more.
The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 13 at Howard High School of Technology, 401 E. 12th St. in Wilmington.
The top medalist in each contest will be recognized for his or her outstanding achievement. Gold medalists will earn the honor of representing the state of Delaware at the 2019 National SkillsUSA conference to be held in Louisville, Kentucky.
Delaware SkillsUSA is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) that recognizes the importance of students, teachers, and industry partners working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA incorporates curricular and co-curricular experiences to emphasize the importance of knowledge, leadership, skill development, and teamwork. To learn more about Delaware SkillsUSA, please contact Mike Fitzgerald by phone at: (302) 857-3334 or by email at Mike.Fitzgerald@doe.k12.de.
The attached photo features the state officers. All are POLYTECH High School students.
The State Officers from Delaware SkillsUSA in collaboration with officers from Business Professionals of America, DECA, Educator’s Rising, Family Career and Community Leaders of America, HOSA, and Technology Student Association hosted the annual Fall Leadership Conference (FLC) at Delaware Technical Community College on November 29-30, 2018. The FLC was sponsored by the Delaware Department of Education, Delaware Advisory Council on Career and Technical Education, and Delaware Technical Community College with 982 participants representing 126 chapters from 55 schools who participated in a series of workshops that emphasized the importance of teamwork, leadership and service through Career and Technical Education. The annual service project collected 396 toys; 221 books; 49 stuffed animals; 48 arts supplies/kits; 20 book bags and $325 in checks for a grand total of more than $7,665 donated to Delaware Toys for Tots.
POLYTECH High School is excited to announce that two students have placed in the top three
at the 2018 SkillsUSA National Championships in Louisville, KY. This annual event brings
together over 6,500 first place winners in more than 100 Career and Technical Skill events from
all 50 states. Robert Bell received the Bronze medal (3rd place) in the Internetworking
competition and Ashish D’Souza received the Gold medal (1st place) in Computer
Programming. Both students are currently juniors at POLYTECH High School and hope to
return to SkillsUSA continue to place in the top students among the nation in 2019. Shown in
the picture are Ashish D’Souza (left), instructor Mr. Dennis Haley (middle), and Robert Bell
(right). Job Ready, Day One!
- Ashish D’Souza – What does meaning a goal medal at SkillsUSA mean to you?
Winning the gold medal at the National SkillsUSA Computer Programming championship was
the most exciting and rewarding moment in my high school career. I started competing in the
computer programming competition in my freshman year as a last-minute replacement. I was
passionate about computer programming, and that led me to win the gold medal in Delaware
SkillsUSA for three years in a row. My passion alone, however, was not going to win me a
medal at the national conference; I knew I would need to widen my skills and practice. Thus, I
talked to various computer science professors to try and improve my abilities, and even learned
ways to program more efficiently. Finally, winning the gold medal will greatly help me on my
path towards a career in computer science.
- Robert Bell – What does winning third place in Internetworking mean to you?
SkillsUSA was an amazing experience for me. Just having the opportunity to meet people from
all over the nation was unique in and of itself. The competition was challenging. I’m grateful to
Polytech and Mr. Haley for the education I have received so far that prepared me so well. I had
hoped to be in the top 20, so I was excited to see my name for the Bronze medal on the big
screen! I also received many tools, an Amazon 7 tablet, Cisco equipment, and a $500
scholarship! The added fun of going to Kentucky Kingdom was the perfect way to end a week
full of new and fun things. I look forward to participating in next year’s competition. ~Bob Bell, 16
yrs old, entering senior year.
Highly skilled students and advisors from across Delaware attended the 54th annual National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference from June 24-29, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. Delaware students represented our state in competitive events that such as: Architectural Drafting, Automotive Service Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Carpentry, Computer Programming, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Diesel Equipment Technology, Electronics Technology, Extemporaneous Speaking, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Industrial Motor Controls, Information Technology, Masonry, Plumbing, Prepared Speech, Technical Math, Welding, and more.
A delegation of 83 students and advisors from 6 schools represented Delaware in national competition.
Delaware students earned Top 10 national honors.
Eight students honored as national medalists. Gold Medalist: Ashish D’Souza (Computer Programming); Bronze Medalist(s):Chase Albright, Ryan Bradley, Sydney Gross, and Hannah Wolk (Broadcast News Production); Robert Bell (Internetworking); and Alex Colon Perez (Sheet Metal).
Top 10 National Placement:
1st place Computer Programming Ashish D’Souza of POLYTECH High School
3rd place Broadcast News Production Chase Albright, Ryan Bradley, Sydney Gross & Hannah Wolk of Sussex Tech High School
3rd place Internetworking Robert Bell of POLYTECH High School
3rd place Sheet Metal Alex Colon Perez of Delcastle Tech High School
4th place Audio Radio Production Jacob Hoffpauir & Josh Hoffpauir of Sussex Tech High School
6th place Advertising Design Haley Norwood of Sussex Tech High School
7th place Career Pathways Human Services Denise Garcia Alonzo, Courtney Respes & Alyssa Todd of Delcastle Tech High School
7th place Welding Sculpture Savion Hollis of Delcastle Tech High School
7th place Industrial Motor Control William Shaha of St. Georges Technical High School
8th place Television (Video) Production Abigail Drummond and Julia Hardy of Sussex Tech High School