TDT: Students win SkillsUSA state awards

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The Temple Independent School District board of trustees recognized several students for winning state SkillsUSA awards in its Monday meeting.

“We have several career and technical education student organizations that support our academics that we learn in class,” career and technical education director Denise Ayres said. “Construction technology competed at SkillsUSA this year for the very first time and placed first in the competition.”

Ty Culp and Keyshawn Johnson placed first in SkillsUSA construction, and several cosmetology students got first place awards at SkillsUSA: Jonathan Equels, Nayla Cyrus, Bianca Ingram, Viridiana Arroyo, Nallely Diaz, Topanga Barrett, Ke’Yara Reeders, Taliyah Riley, Bryanna Navarro, Pamela Solis, Nayla Cyrus, Rylee Thompson, Jinju Schmitz and Brittney Moore.

Ayres said that nearly 100 Temple High School students who competed in CTE events qualified for state.

“We have probably one of the best automotive showings at SkillsUSA that we’ve ever had,” automotive teacher Will Stovall said.

In the state SkillsUSA automotive the following competitors placed first: Jason Davilla, Jonathan Fry, Joe Morales and John Cruz. In SkillsUSA criminal justice, Skeigh McGuigan, Deja Garza, Julia DeWitt, Ty Culp, Mia Ward, Garrett Johnson and Tania Espino also placed first.

Amaya Cortez, Alyssa Garza, Kaley McCormick, McKenzie Van Beber, Taylor Vasek, Anahi Del Toro, Juanita Garcia and Kalani Rodillas all placed first in SkillsUSA human services.