The SkillsUSA program at Eagle Point High School pulled off a major coup at the State competition held recently. Under the direction of Matt Boren, the contingent from Eagle Point brought home 19 gold medals and placed in the top 6 in 237 of their competitions. In addition, the group also placed two members as state officers, an accomplishment that is a major achievement. Justin Bishop and Nick Branch will represent the state in activities for the coming year. As individuals and as a group, the feat is quite amazing.
Justus Breshears won gold medals in both customer service and t-shirt design. Rachel Gima also had a good week, bringing home four individual gold medals for t-shirt design, prepared speaking, quiz bowl and pre-school assistant. Zach Styer had two golds and one bronze in tech math, quiz bowl and third place in job skills open.
Jorge Hernanadez earned a first place in computer applications and for the quiz bowl. He also placed fifth in job demo A. Colin Updegraff was first in digital cinema production as was Casey Smith. Smith also earned a first place in quiz bowl, a second in extemporaneous speaking and a third in safety participation. Nick Branch won two golds for jobs skills demo open and quiz bowl.
Cristobal Escobedo earned a fifth place in culinary arts and Micaela Saling took home gold in photography and a fourth place in job demo A. Justin Bishop earned a second place finish in the power equipment technology; Dakota Meeker was fifth in electronics technology and also fourth in safety participation. Caley Eller took another gold in community service and a sixth place finish in safety participation.
Julieanna Dotson was first in community service, Manuel Fletes earned a first place in community service and Kody Nielson was fourth in job demo. Bryce Thornton earned a fourth place finish in fabrication team A as did Dakota Thorn. Thorn also earned a second place in safety participation. Austin Bromagen finished fourth in fabrication team A and fifth place in safety participation. Fiona Nevin was second in prepared speaking and Josh Lase was sixth in job interview.
Twelve of these members will now move on to the nationals contest in Kansas City on June 19-25.