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LHHS SkillsUSA students bring home the medals


Medal winners Dan and Taylor.
CAD architecture winners (on the left) Dan (silver) and Taylor (bronze).

Lake Havasu High School’s SkillsUSA club attended the SkillsUSA regional competition in Yuma, AZ on March 6th ready to demonstrate the skills members had learned in the classroom, auto shop, studio, and computer lab.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Like any other group of students entering a competition, practice was a must. Students worked many Saturdays to make sure all were prepared.

LHHS was eligible to win a total of 21 Medals at the competition and did not disappoint. In the end, LHHS teams came away with 18 medals (8 gold). Hopefully, this is a sign of the success that will be achieved at the Skills USA Championships in Phoenix on April 7th and 8th.

Brian Aranguena, LHHS Drafting Instructor and head SkillsUSA advisor, fielded a highly competitive group of students who competed in four drafting areas at Regionals this year. His students alone earned 10 medals, including 3 sweeps (winning gold, silver, and bronze in a category).

Medal winners Alonso, Delanie, and Dan.
Board architecture winners (left to right) Alonso (bronze), Delania (gold), and Dan (silver).

CAD Architecture students Ryan (Gold), Dan (Silver), and Taylor (Bronze) won three medals. CAD Architecture is a Nationally Qualifying contest at State and was won last year by Taylor who competed for National Honors in Kansas City in June.

The Board Architecture team scored another sweep. Medals were won by Delanie (G), Daniel (S), and Alonso (B). Keeping up with the rest were Board Mechanical medal winners Ryan (G), Garret (S), and Derek (B). Lastly, Alexandra, the only entry for LHHS in the CAD Mechanical contest, received Gold.

Instructor Curt Mhyre brought two teams of students this year for the TV production and TV News Anchor contests. In the TV production contest Gold was won by the team of Val and Isaac, which involved hard work by both during the duration of the contest period with gathering footage and editing. TV News Anchor was won by a group of students, Michael, Ashlie, and Kyle, who are seen daily creating and delivering the news for LHHS during Lunch period.

Medal winners Derek, Ryan, and Garrett.
Board mechanical winners Derek (bronze), Ryan (gold), and Garrett (silver).

Automotives is the picture of a program that promotes real world experiences both in and out of the classroom. This is evidenced by several coops with local automotive dealers and a student driven and maintained local race car. Instructor Brian Steele entered 9 of his students into the very competitive automotive contest, with Christopher scoring a silver medal.

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