Doña Ana Community College (DACC) students competed against students from other New Mexico community colleges in their technical areas and more than doubled their gold medal count from 2018.
DACC also earned more silver and equaled their bronze medal take, compared to last year, at the recently completed New Mexico SkillsUSA competitions held in Albuquerque on April 8-9 and in Las Cruces on March 15. Two high school students who attend DACC also won their competitions.
Earning gold medals were:
Leslie Sydow & Daniel Kerr, Cyber Security Team
Robin Banegas, Computer Programming
James Chambers, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
Alan Pansegrau, Electronics
Isaiah Silva, Information Technology Services
Vivian Allen Information Technology Services (High School)
Brenton Candelaria, Internetworking (High School)
Shannon Smith, Internetworking
James Chambers, Job Interview
Anthony Garretson, Job Skill Demonstration
Rodolfo Ruacho, Medical Terminology
Ruby Villalobos, Nurse Assisting
Nancy Villalobos, Prepared Speech
Nancy Villalobos, Related Technical Math
Rion Osborne, Technical Computer Applications
The 15 gold medalists will join the 6,000 students from across the nation who qualified to compete at nationals by winning their state competitions. The national competition will be held June 24-29 in Louisville, Kentucky.
The DACC gold medalists have started a crowd funding site with the help of the NMSU Foundation to help defray expenses for the trip. Any amount helps. To donate please go to: https://mas.nmsu.edu/project/14046?utm_source=scalefunder&utm_campaign=amb_share&utm_name=8gkboj7bpuyr4wiz9hbt695&utm_medium=plain
Taking home silver medals were:
Scott Caretto & Jennifer Allen, Cyber Security Team
Michael Lundmark, Computer Programming
Turner Ashby, Electronics
Daniel Kerr, Extemporaneous Speech
Brenton Candelaria, Extemporaneous Speech (High School)
Scott Caretto, Job Skill Demonstration
Simon Sanchez, Technical Computer Applications
Taking home the bronze medals were:
Alexandria Ackerman, Cyber Security
Joshua Boehms, Computer Programming
Javier Alvarez, Electronics
Rodolfo Ruacho, Extemporaneous Speech
Anthony Garretson, Technical Computer Applications
“We are proud of all the students who competed,” said Saundra Castillo, DACC Division Dean of Advanced Technologies. “The state and the national competitions are important for our students to develop their leadership skills and test their technical knowledge and competency.”
All competitions were judged by professionals in the various fields.
The mission of SkillsUSA is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work.
Photo Daniel Kerr part of the cyber security team heading to Kentucky