ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Navajo Technical College (NTC) was quite successful at the SkillsUSA state competition, showcasing their talents and abilities against 800 students from schools across the state of New Mexico from March 29-31.
During the competition, students worked against the clock and each other proving their expertise in occupations such as medical and nursing assistance, electronics and technology, automotive, and culinary arts to name a few. NTC placed 23 medalists in the various skill competitions, while at the same time qualifying 18 students in 11 categories for the SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City, Mo. this summer.
Students qualifying for the national competition included: Lynell Mitchell (Masonry); Joann Ignacio (Technical Computer Applications); Mary Jackson (Food and Beverage Service); Roshelda Jake (Preschool Teaching Assistant); Taryn Detson (Nursing Assistant); Dellynn Wilson (Medical Terminology); Dody Begay (Computer Programming); Parnell Yazzie, Winchell W. Tso, Malcolm R. Morgan and Lional Maryboy (Team Works); and Kami Morgan, Candace Perry, Dellynn Wilson, Sheena Begay and Sharon Cooley (Quiz Bowl).
Also receiving gold medals were duel-enrolled students Michael Perry and Jamie-Kenzie Lionberger of Crownpoint High School. Perry received gold in the secondary division of Culinary Arts while Lionberger received her gold in secondary division of Food and Beverage Service.
New Mexico governor Susana Martinez was in attendance at the conference and met with SkillsUSA state officers stressing the importance of career and technical education and the leadership development and classroom enhancement that Career Technical Student Organizations, such as SkillsUSA, provide.
SkillsUSA is a professional organization for students enrolled in career and technical education programs and career pathways. The major goal of SkillsUSA is to provide students with the very best preparation available to enhance their job performance and educational initiatives in their chosen profession. SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.
For more information, visit