Welding gold medal winner Marques Sampson competes during the State competition.

CNM Students Take Home 22 Medals in SkillsUSA New Mexico Competition

A huge congratulations to the winners
April 25, 2023

Earlier this month CNM hosted nearly 800 career and technical education (CTE) students as they competed in this year’s SkillsUSA New Mexico Competition. The event had 54 career competitions in a number of CTE fields including aviation maintenance, culinary arts, and welding. 

CNM has a long tradition of success at the event and this year was no different. In total, CNM’s students won 22 medals including 11 gold, six silver, and five bronze medals. The gold medalists will now have the honor of representing CNM and New Mexico at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, which will take place June 19-23 in Atlanta, Georgia.

SkillsUSA is a national organization that exists to promote the trades by bringing together students, educators, and industry leaders to support the development of a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA competitions are designed and judged by industry professionals and offer students valuable work experience as well as important networking opportunities.

Scroll down to find a full list of the CNM winners and a gallery from the event. A special congratulations to all the CNM students who placed in the state competition!

Aviation Maintenance Technology—College

Gold—Francisco  Romero

Silver—Joshua Luke

Bronze—Gilbert De Leon


Gold—Jose Ayala

Silver—Jovanny Cabanas

Diesel Equipment Technology—High School

Gold—Martin Hernandez

Diesel Equipment Technology—College

Gold—Zack Green

Bronze—Joshua Herrera

Electrical Construction Wiring—College

Gold—Cory Downing

Silver—Thomas Dixon

Bronze—Dominic Peacock

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR)—College

Gold—Anthony Hernandez-Bustillos

Silver—Richard Gomez

Bronze—Eric Chavez


Gold—Marques Sampson

Silver—Marc Santangelo

Welding Fabrication

Gold—Team A with members Carlos Dorado, Carlos Saavedra Zamora, and Coleton Radford

Welding Sculpture—College

Gold—Scott Schneider

Silver—Connor Mackenzie

Bronze—Alyssa Copeland

Cabinetmaking gold medalist Jose Ayala. 
Welding Sculpture gold medalist Scott Schneider.
Welding Sculpture silver medalist Connor Mackenzie.
Welding Sculpture bronze medal winner Alyssa Copeland.
Diesel Equipment Technology gold medal winner Zack Green.
Welding silver medalist Marc Santangelo, left, and gold medalist Marques Sampson.