North Point Students Advance to National SkillsUSA Competition

LA PLATA, Md. (April 9, 2010)—Eight North Point High School students will represent Charles County Public Schools at the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City in June as first-place state winners in their categories. North Point H.S. is located in Waldorf.

First place winners at the Maryland State Leadership and Skills Championship, which was held March 26-27 in Baltimore, advance to the national competition. Matthew Lorman, a senior, won first in the Culinary Arts category for the second consecutive year. Trinity Story placed first in the Job Interview Category; Thomas Belle placed first in Industrial Motor Control; and Davia Low placed first in Cosmetology. Also placing first was the team of Ryan Friedrich, Tommy Keim, Gaston Lopez, Karen Eaton, and Erin Chapman in the Quiz Bowl. Alternate team members are Nick Teleky and Kenjeray Bennett.

Other North Point students who placed in the state competition:

-- William Tomlinson, second place, Culinary Arts;

-- Jeremy Yoho, Tony Garner, Steve Joyner, second place, Welding Fabrication;

-- Alina Zayas, second place, Preschool Teaching Assistant;

-- William Bowie, second place, Collision Repair;

-- Chris Chamblee, third place, Criminal Justice; and

-- Jessica N. Barnwell, John Thomas, Will Still, Ashi Haggard, third place, Health Knowledge Bowl.

Several other students were appointed to offices in the state organization. Laura Waselewski and Joey Evans were selected as National Voting Delegates for Maryland, and Jazmyn White was named as a SkillsUSA Maryland State Officer.

Additionally, Pam Jones, culinary arts teacher at North Point, was selected as the Maryland State Advisor of the Year. Jones was nominated and chosen first as a regional advisor of the year and was awarded the state honor on March 27 during the SkillsUSA final ceremonies.

SkillsUSA showcases career and technology students through competition, and more than 900 students competed in Maryland’s event. Nationally, SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 student and professional members enrolled in trade, technical, and skilled-service occupations, including the allied health professions. There are 13,000 SkillsUSA chapters in high schools, trade and technical schools, and community colleges across the country.

SkillsUSA Maryland boasts a statewide membership of 5,100 students representing 23 school systems.

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