News Release, Charles County Public Schools

Twenty-one Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students will represent the school system at the National Leadership and Skills Competition set for June 24-29 in Louisville, Ky., after earning first-place gold medal honors at state competitions held earlier this month.

The following students earned a gold medal and advance to the national event.

Austin Abarca, Caryn Law and Michael Stone, seniors, North Point High School, Career Pathways Showcase: Business, Management and Technology;

  • Jasmine Carrino, Monet Johnson and Madison Williams, seniors, North Point, Career Pathways Showcase: Health Services;
  • Madison Powell, junior, North Point, Commercial Baking;
  • Kennedy Bennett, Madison Meade and Sabreeya Holly, sophomores, North Point, Crime Scene Investigation;
  • Madison Grace, senior, North Point, Early Childhood;
  • Kyle Blankenship, junior, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center/La Plata High School, Job Skill Demonstration;
  • Christian Frazier, senior, North Point, Internetworking;
  • Cole Clements, junior, Stethem/La Plata, Employment Application Process; and
  • Adolf Accad, Adam Cullen, Andrew Fan and Amara Gammon, seniors, and Sophia Carpenter, Kelsey Njembu and Amber Wachowski, freshmen, North Point, Quiz Bowl.

These students advance 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 state-level competitions from among more than 1,000 career and technology education (CTE) students who
competed. At the state level, CTE students compete in more than 90 occupational and leadership events.

The following students earned second (silver) or third (bronze) place at the state event.

  • Andrew Fink, sophomore, North Point, Advertising Design, silver;
  • Aliyah Malazarte, Kyrene Ramirez and Kritchanan Yampai, juniors, North Point, Community Service, silver;
  • Giovanni Carias Torres and Morgan Vicha, sophomores, and Graciella Ndjampa, freshman, North Point, Community Service, bronze;
  • Aliah Brown, Lilibeth Rios and Tyrus Smith, juniors, North Point, Crime SceneInvestigation, silver;
  • Peyton Barnes, senior, Karla Dizon, sophomore, and Kelsea Misko, freshman, North Point, Crime Scene Investigation, bronze;
  • Caroline Tristani, senior, North Point, Criminal Justice, silver;
  • Mederlyn Varela, senior, North Point, Criminal Justice, bronze;
  • Kyla Ferguson, senior, North Point, Early Childhood, bronze;
  • John Canonizado, Trisha Norwood, Jada Swales and Carl Wachowski, seniors, North Point, Health Knowledge Bowl, silver;
  • Mya Rivenburg, senior, North Point, Health Occupation Professional Portfolio, silver;
  • Kiara Thompson, senior, North Point, Job Interview, bronze;
  • Bethany Richardson, senior, North Point, Nurse Assisting, bronze;
  • Alicia Edwards, Carmen Henderson and Brendan Salinas, seniors, North Point, Promotional Bulletin Board, silver; and
  • Victor Harley, sophomore, North Point, Telecommunications, bronze.

SkillsUSA competitions are showcase events for CTE students. 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 SkillsUSA program, students gain experiences in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. The organization focuses on quality of work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education and pride in the dignity of work.

For more information on the SkillsUSA program, visit

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