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CNM Students Win 19 Gold Medals at State SkillsUSA Competition

April 7, 2014 -- Nineteen CNM students will be competing in the National SkillsUSA Championships after winning gold medals in their competitions during the state SkillsUSA competition that was held last week at CNM.

More than 700 students, mostly community college students and some high school students, participated in 68 skills competitions.

“Competing among the 700-plus students from across the state, the CNM students made an impressive showing in nearly every event, winning 19 gold, 14 silver, and 11 bronze medals,” said Sharon Gordon-Moffett,” CNM’s SkillsUSA director.

CNM’s 19 gold medal winners will travel to Kansas City, Mo., for the 50th annual SkillsUSA National Skills and Leadership Conference June 23-27.

In SkillsUSA, students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. The contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations. Test competencies are set by industry.

The following is a list of CNM SkillsUSA medalists:

Seth Smith, Architectural Drafting
Abdelkarim Bataineh, Aviation Maintenance Technology
Edgar Coyle. Cabinetmaking
Moriah Lockwood, Commercial Baking
Evan Struck, Computer Maintenance Technology
Vernon Pajarito, Culinary Arts
Jarrod Watson, Customer Service
Josh Ortiz, Electronics Technology
Karen Rivera, Extemporaneous Speaking
Jon Pilgrim, HVAC/ACHR
Anna McCall, Industrial Motor Control
Tim VanName, Job Skill Demonstration A
Christopher Lucero. Plumbing
Otto Herrman, Precision Machining Technology
Abran Salazar, Prepared Speech
John Denistran, Denistran John, Sheet Metal
Allen Arellano, Welding
Lesia Luviano, Welding Sculpture
April Vezie, Job Skill Demonstration Open 

Keith Polin, Aviation Maintenance Technology
Colton Charley, Carpentry
Nicholas Jay Hopkins, Collision Repair Technology
Ethan Gutierrez, Computer Maintenance Technology
Gary Kellems,   Electrical Construction Wiring
FrannyLee  Leyba, Electronics Technology
Lawrence Zurla, Industrial Motor Control
Gabriel Raab-Faber,  Job Skill Demonstration Open
Christopher Store, Plumbing
Calvin White, Related Technical Math
Michael Benavides, Sheet Metal
David Silva, Welding Fabrication Team
Mike Sjulin, Welding Fabrication Team
Shane Turner, Welding Fabrication Team


Miguel Montes, Architectural Drafting
Ronnie Reynolds, Aviation Maintenance Technology
Victoria Sainz, Culinary Arts
James Valverde, Diesel Equipment Technology
Conor Hopper-Brooks, Industrial Motor Control
Austin Zimmerman, Job Interview
Ricardo Ramos Cardenas, Plumbing
Brianna Rodriquez, Restaurant Service
Zaman Phillip, Sheet Metal
Samuel Thomasson, Welding

Kyle McWethy, Electronics Technology

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