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Strong showing for SkillsUSA at National Competition

SkillsUSA Team 2019

In what has become an annual tradition, the SkillsUSA Team from Aberdeen demonstrated excellence at the National Championships in Louisville, Ky., in June.

Perla Mata, a 2019 graduate of Harbor High School and the Twin Harbors Skills Center, captured third place in Medical Assisting. Miss Mata was tested on various medical procedures, as well as her ability to analyze medical data. Along with her bronze medal, Miss Mata was offered a $20,000 scholarship to Sullivan College. Her instructor is Lindsey Kargbo.

The AHS Entrepreneurship team of Michaela Leach, Daniel Hunt, Eric Eng, and Einar Sharpe placed 14th. The team was judged on a business model and presentation of a hypothetical company that they formed over the course of the school year. Their instructors are Chuck Veloni and Tammy Heth.

Sophomore Cahli Birchard placed 25th in Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC) after scoring well on his trouble-shooting and customer service skills, brazing abilities and technical knowledge. Cahli is enrolled in the Industrial Engineering program through the Twin Harbors Skills Center. 

Recent AHS graduates Bryson Grenier and Andrew Shumate placed 27th in Audio Production. They honed their skills through the Radio Broadcasting class at Aberdeen High School. 

Chuck Veloni, the SkillsUSA advisor, said the chapter “would like to thank all of those who helped these students achieve their goal of demonstrating excellence at a national level.”  

The students became eligible to compete by capturing the state championship in each of their events. More than 6,500 students from all over the country were judged by industry professionals over several days in 103 events.