Students from the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center recently participated in the 49th Annual SkillsUSA Maryland State Championships which took place in the Anne Arundel County area.  The contests that Forrest Center students competed in were as varied as the program offerings at the center.

At the awards ceremony, 31 Forrest Center students medaled. In addition to the medalists, two students were elected to statewide office and one student was selected as a National Voting Delegate.  The results are as follows:

This year’s SkillsUSA Maryland awards ceremony was a live virtual event. Ms. Bonnie Skinner helped coordinate with several staff members to offer student competitors and their parents a viewing party so students could cheer on their fellow Bulldogs. Credit: St. Mary's County Public Schools

Telecommunications Cabling

  • Gold   Brianna Melton (Electrical Wiring)
  • Silver   Dylan McNey (Electrical Wiring)
  • Bronze   Joshua Gates (Electrical Wiring)

Drone Competition

  • Gold   Bella Heckathorn, Teddy Bates (Engineering)

Information Technology Services

  • Gold   Camille Van Erp (IT Networking)
  • Bronze   Weston Carr (IT Networking)

Advertising Design

  • Silver   Emily Jilek (Graphic Communications)

Digital Cinema Production

  • Bronze  Raymond Cain, Gabriel Horton (TV/Video Production)

Promotional Bulletin Board

  • Silver   Jocelyn Gaskin, Caleb Bryan, Summer LaRocco (Teacher Academy)

Engineering Technology Design

  • Gold   Brianna Rourke, Fiona Hall (Engineering) &  Lilia Burkes (IT Networking Academy)

Medical Terminology

  • Silver   Allison Curtis (Academy of Health Professions)

Diesel Equipment Technology

  • Gold   Evan Sonon (Diesel Technology)
SkillsUSA Maryland Dental Assisting competitors. The Forrest Center was the host school for this year’s state Dental Assisting contest. Credit: St. Mary's County Public Schools

Audio/Radio Production

  • Gold   Vincent Landreth, Grady O’Neill (TV/Video Production)
  • Silver  Dominic Laurel, Connor McGraw (Radio/Audio Production)

Emergency Medical Technician – EMT

  • Gold    Jenna Albertson, Brittany Bean  (Firefighting/EMT)

First Aid-CPR

  • Silver   Katherine Thompson (Academy of Health Professions)

Basic Health Care Skills

  • Silver   Christina Klobnock (Academy of Health Professions)

Job Skill Demonstration Open

  • Gold   Bo Hunt (Academy of Health Professions/ROTC)

Health Knowledge Bowl

  • Bronze   Team C – Jordyn Walters, Emily Smetana, Riley Lillard, Lindsey Magill (Academy of Health Professions)

Officer Elects:

  • SkillsUSA Maryland State Officer – Lilia Burkes (IT Networking)
  • SkillsUSA Maryland State Officer – Jace Darvill (Academy of Health Professions)

National Voting Delegate:

  • Emily Smetana (Academy of Health Professions) – Former SkillsUSA Maryland State Secretary

All gold medal winners are qualified to compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference to be held in Atlanta, GA the week of June 20, 2022.  The state officers and National Voting Delegates also attend the National Conference as part of the state’s leadership and participate in the national delegate assembly.

Fifteen Forrest Center students have the opportunity to represent the state of Maryland in Atlanta, Georgia this year. Fundraising efforts are currently underway. If you would like to donate toward the students’ trip, please contact the school at 301-475-0242 and ask for Mr. Eric Millham or Ms. Mary Thompson.

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