Fifteen Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students will represent the school system at the National Leadership and Skills Competition set for June 25-29 in Louisville, Ky., after earning first-place gold medal honors at the state event held April 14-15.

The following students earned a gold medal.

  • Jahlen Grant-King, senior, North Point High School, Advertising Design;
  • Yasmeen Adeleke, Nathaniel Kober and Sahil Patel, freshmen, North Point, Career Pathways Agriculture;
  • Logan Steele, senior, North Point, Criminal Justice;
  • Desiree Miller, senior, North Point, Customer Service;
  • Christian Frazier, junior, North Point, Internetworking;
  • John Canonizado, junior, North Point, Medical Math;
  • Kelsey Swegle, senior, North Point, Nurse Assist;
  • Akili Williams, senior, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, Photography; and
  • Adolf Accad, Adam Cullen, Andrew Fan and Amara Gammon, juniors, and Amber Wachowski, sophomore, North Point, Quiz Bowl.

These students advanced to the state level of competition after placing in the top three scorers in their respective categories at the regional event. They earned first place at the state event from among more than 1,000 career and technology education students who competed.

The following students earned second or third place at the state event.

  • Joey Papagno, freshman, Jeremy Harley, junior, and Michael Boswell, senior, bronze medal, North Point, Career Pathways Architecture and Construction;
  • Nathan Kavlick, bronze medal, senior, North Point, Electrical Construction Wiring;
  • Charles Donohue, silver medal, senior, Stethem, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning;
  • Kiara Thompson, silver medal, junior, North Point, Job Interview;
  • Carl Wachowski, silver medal, junior, North Point, Medical Terminology;
  • Kolton Brown, sophomore, Harry Heck, junior, and Mercedee Cooper and Isaiah Edmone, seniors, silver medal, North Point, TeamWorks;
  • Jordan Parker, bronze medal, junior, Stethem, T-Shirt Design; and
  • Kayla Berry, bronze medal, sophomore, North Point, Welding Sculpture.

The SkillsUSA regional competition is a showcase event for career and technology students in the tri-county area. Students compete locally and continue through the state and national levels. The philosophy of the competition is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to train students for employer needs and future career goals.

SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure a skilled work force. The organization serves more than 300,000 high school and college students, as well as professional members, nationwide. As part of the Skills USA program, students gain experiences in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. The organization focuses on quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education and pride in the dignity of work.

For more information on the SkillsUSA program, visit

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.