San Juan College students qualify for Skills USA nationals

San Juan College students made their mark at this year’s annual state SkillsUSA competition held in Albuquerque. Their skills were measured against students from CNM, Luna Community College, Eastern New Mexico University, NMSU Grants, NMSU Roswell, Navajo Tech and Dona Anna Community College. Students enrolled in Automotive Technology, Collision Repair, Carpentry, Nail Technology, Esthetics, Cosmetology, Fire Science, Machine Shop, Technical Drafting, Welding and Diesel Technology. Eleven first-place finishers earned their place to compete in the National SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City.

Below are the highlights of the students who placed at the state level:

Auto Body (Collision Repair)
1st place – Sameul Betts*
2nd place – Edmond Taylor*
3rd place – Steven Jones

Automotive Technology
2nd place – Tyler Scott 
3rd place – Gerald Benally

Carpentry (Building Trades)
1st place – Lenard McKenzie

1st place – Kerleigh Tsosie (Post-secondary)
2nd place – Katrina Begaye (Secondary)

Nail Technology
1st – Kensie Guillory (Post-secondary)
1st – Kylie Eckstein (Secondary)

1st place – Teirra Draper (Post-secondary) 
2nd place – Rebecca Dwyer (Post-secondary)
3rd place – Hailey Tafoya (Post-secondary)

Diesel Technology
1st place – James Murphy
2nd place – Austin Brookshier

Fire Science
1st place – Matthew Pickren 
2nd place – Tyler Housley
3rd place – Casey Thompson

Machine Shop – Secondary 
1st place – Garrett Burress  (Secondary) 
2nd place – Rory Eavenson (Secondary)
3rd place – Alan Blake (Secondary)

Technical Drafting
1st place – Ryan Jim  
2nd place – Kelsey Scott

2nd place – Bart Humphrey
3rd place – Michael Howe

*Both Samuel Betts and Edmond Taylor will attend the SkillsUSA National Competition. Betts will compete in Automotive Refinishing Technology and Taylor in Collision Repair Technology.

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. SkillsUSA competitions are held at the local, state and national levels. At the annual national SkillsUSA Championships, over 5,000 students compete in 96 occupational and leadership skill areas.