Several Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students earned medals in the recent regional SkillsUSA competition and advance to the state event set for April. Career and technology education (CTE) students from North Point High School and the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center compete in the event annually.
SkillsUSA competitions showcase CTE students, involve industry professionals in evaluating student performance and help to train students for employer and workforce needs.
The students compete locally and continue through the state and national levels. At the regional level, first-, second- and third-place winners in most categories – and some who compete in specific categories – advance to the state event.
The following students will represent their schools and CTE programs April 13-14 at state competitions scheduled at the Maritime Institute in Baltimore County, and the Center of Applied Technology North in Anne Arundel County.
- Ethan Brown, Stethem, senior, first place, Advertising Design;
- Jakarri Johnson, North Point, senior, first place, Culinary Arts;
- Maia Parker, North Point, senior, first place, Early Childhood Education;
- Christian Frazier, North Point, junior, first place, Internetworking;
- Haley Martelle, Stethem, senior, first place, Photography;
- Kolton Brown, sophomore; Mercedee Cooper, senior; Isaiah Edmond, senior; and Harry Heck, junior; North Point, first place, Teamworks;
- Jahlen Grant-King, North Point, senior, second place, Advertising Design;
- Brendan Tipton, North Point, senior, second place, Carpentry;
- Ashley Bowman, North Point, junior, second place, Commercial Baking;
- Maya Poindexter, North Point, senior, second place, Culinary Arts;
- Nick Kootsikas and Rylan Short, Stethem, seniors, second place, Digital Cinema Production;
- Morgan Huntt, North Point, senior, second place, Early Childhood Education;
- Charles Donohue, Stethem, senior, second place, HVAC;
- Kelsey Swegle, North Point, senior, second place, Nurse Assistant;
- Akili Williams, Stethem, senior, second place, Photography;
- Abigail Semarge, North Point, junior, second place, Technical Drafting;
- Madison Powell, North Point, sophomore, third place, Commercial Baking;
- Nailah Parrish, North Point, senior, third place, Early Childhood Education;
- Cameron Harris, Stethem, junior, third place, HVAC; and
- Madalyn McQuillan, Stethem, junior, third place, Photography.
In addition to students who placed at the regional event, North Point and Stethem have students who advance directly to the state level to compete. During the regional competition, not all SkillsUSA categories are featured for entry.
Students who place first at the state level are eligible to compete in the SkillsUSA national championships scheduled for June 25-29 at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville.
SkillsUSA Maryland has more than 5,000 students enrolled in its programs that offer training for career paths and help lay the groundwork for further study in the workforce or college.
For more information about SkillsUSA, visit https://www.skillsusa.org/.
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 Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. 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.