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Polytech High School (Woodside, DE) student Ashish D’Souza (red jacket) won Gold at the annual National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference in Louisville, KY. Other Delaware students also earned top 10 national honors.

Delaware high school students training in critical technical skills including architectural drafting, automotive service technology, aviation maintenance technology, carpentry, computer programming, cosmetology, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration were recently recognized for excellence at a conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

A delegation of 83 students and advisors from six schools represented the state at the annual National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference in June.  Eight students were 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); Jacob Harrison (electronics technology); and Alex Colon Perez (sheet metal). 

Top 10 national placements:

1st place: Computer programming, Ashish D’Souza of POLYTECH High School (POLYTECH School District)

3rd place: Broadcast news production, Chase Albright, Ryan Bradley, Sydney Gross & Hannah Wolk of Sussex Tech High School (Sussex Technical School District)

3rd place: Internetworking, Robert Bell of POLYTECH High School

3rd place: Electronics technology, Jacob Harrison of POLYTECH High School

3rd place: Sheet metal, Alex Colon Perez of Delcastle Tech High School (New Castle County Vo-Tech School District)

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 (New Castle County Vo-Tech School District)

8th place: Television (video) production, Abigail Drummond and Julia Hardy of Sussex Tech High School

Participating Schools:

Delaware SkillsUSA is a career and technical student organization dedicated to students who are interested in pursuing their future in technical careers. Through SkillsUSA, members have the opportunity to participate in ccareer-focused, competitive events, take part in community service work, and become leaders for the organization in their school, state, and at the national level.

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