The Aberdeen High School SkillsUSA team will be sending eight competitors to the national conference that will be held in Louisville Kentucky, June 24th through the 28th.

Leading the way for the Bobcats were seniors Bryson Grenier and his partner Andrew Shumate, as they won the gold medal in Audio/Radio Production. This will be Bryson’s second trip to nationals, where he placed 18th in the nation last year in the same event.  Andrew will be making his first trip to nationals. Both are radio personalities on Aberdeen High School’s radio station, the KAHS 106.5 FM and their instructor is Chuck Veloni.

Also making a return trip to nationals is AHS senior, Michaels Leach Last year Michaela headed up the Entrepreneurship team that finished 20th in the nation.  This year she will be joined by AHS seniors Daniel Hunt and Paulian Beardsley, and Bobcat junior Eric Eng, as the Aberdeen Bobcats won the gold medal in that same event.

Also winning a gold medal and competing at nationals will be AHS junior Cahli Birchard in HVAC and Refrigeration, and AHS senior Perla Mata in Medical Assisting. Perla’s instructor is Lindsey Kargbo.

The Hoquiam High School SkillsUSA team, also well represented, with Alex Tomko, a Grizzly junior, winning the gold medal in Sheet Medal. Although Alex qualified for nationals, He will be opting out due to prior commitments.

Also taking home some hardware were silver medaists; Einar Sharpe in Electric Construction Wiring, Alexis Novello in Nurse Assisting, Alyssa Osbourne-Hansen in Medical Assisting, Paulian Beardsley and Olivia Skorzewski in Television/Video Production. Bronze medalists were Michael Ray in Carpentry, and Tori Booth in Nurse Assisting.

Christian Meza received a $1,000 scholarship to UTI of Arizona, for placing 5th in Automotive Service.

Other students who attended and competed at the state conference are;

Hunter Olsen, Nolan Palmer, Hunter Baltzell, Jessica Barragan, Michael Debard, Claudia Farias, Anthony  Kallio, Moriah Olsen, and Connor Reed.

The Aberdeen High School Chapter of SkillsUSA will be hosting the 12th annual Cowboy Bar-B-Que Wednesday May 22nd in the commons at Aberdeen High School from 6PM to 8PM. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any SkillsUSA member.

The Aberdeen Chapter of SkillsUSA will be trying to raise $20,000 to send eight students and two advisors to the national conference in Louisville KY. If you are interested in helping to make this goal a reality, please send any donations to; Aberdeen High School attn: SkillsUSA National Fund, 410 North “G” Street Aberdeen WA 98520.