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Drake State Students Excel at SkillsUSA Competition


Students from Drake State brought home eleven medals from the recent SkillsUSA Leadership Conference, Career Expo and State Championships held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. The annual event drew approximately 1800 student participants, parents, educators and employers from across the state.

The event allows students at both the high school and postsecondary levels to match skills technical disciplines such as drafting, electrical, industrial motor control, and many more. Top winners in each competition are eligible to represent Alabama in the national SkillsUSA Championship in Kansas City, Missouri, this June.
Drake State’s medal winners:

Culinary Arts Orlando Crawford First Place
Customer Service Larakesha Henley First Place
Residential Wiring Cody O’Linger First Place
 Web Design (team)  Patrick McDonald & John Stone  First Place
Heating and Air Conditioning John Pieczynski Second Place
Job Interview Jameen Marks Second Place
Job Skills Demonstration A Rodney Martin Second Place
Architectural Drafting Cynthia Haynes Third Place
Heating and Air Conditioning Christen Leonard Third Place
Technical Drafting Charles Potter Third Place

SkillsUSA is a national organization devoted to preparing students for further education and careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. It serves more than 300,000 high school, college and professional members and has almost 10,000 members in Alabama. Its annual competition brings students from across the state together to compete in more than 60 different categories including carpentry, electrical technology, video production and cosmetology.

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