The SkillsUSA Team comprised of students from Aberdeen, and Harbor High Schools recently competed in Louisville Kentucky at the National Championships. Leading the way for the combined Grays Harbor team was Harbor High graduate, and Twin Harbors Skill Center student Perla Mata with her third-place finish in Medical Assisting. Perla was tested on various medical procedures, as well as her ability to analyze medical data. Along with her bronze medal, Perla received a $20,000 scholarship to Sullivan College. Perla’s instructor is Lindsey Kargbo.

The Entrepreneurship team made up of Michaela Leach, Daniel Hunt, Eric Eng, and Einar Sharpe placed fourteenth. The team was judged on a business model and presentation of a hypothetical company that they formed over the course of the school year. Their instructors were Chuck Veloni and Tammy Heth.

Cahli (Kuh-Lee) Birchard placed twenty-fifth in Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration. Cahli was tested on his troubleshooting skills, customer service, brazing abilities, and technical knowledge. Cahli is a sophomore enrolled in the Industrial Engineering program, through the Twin Harbors Skills Center.

Also competing for the Bobcats was recent Aberdeen graduates, Bryson Grenier and Andrew Shumate in Audio Production. The Aberdeen High graduates placed twenty-seventh. Andrew and Bryson were enrolled in the Radio Broadcasting class at Aberdeen.

The Aberdeen High School Chapter of SkillsUSA would like to thank all of those who helped these students achieve their goal of demonstrating excellence at a national level.