Wednesday, March 1, 2017

MC students advance to SkillsUSA state competition

• Dual credit students win at 2017 SKILLS USA regional contest

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Students from Greenwood High School (GHS), Robert E. Lee High School (LHS) and Midland High School (MHS) who are currently enrolled in Midland College (MC) dual credit Automotive Technology and Diesel Technology courses won in several categories at the 2017 SKILLS USA regional contest held in San Angelo on February 24 and 25.

LHS students Parker Killian and Eric Granillo won “Best of Show” for their projects. Killian won in the diesel category for his turbo project, and Granillo won in the automotive category for his alternator project.

The following students will be advancing to the state contest, which will be held in Corpus Christi on April 5-9:

Automotive Hands-On Competition
1st Place – Jacob Chaparro (LHS)
2nd Place – Erick Granillo (LHS)

Diesel Hands-On Competition
1st Place – Armando Maldonado (MHS)
2nd Place – Reagan Tampke (MHS)

Tool Identification Competition
1st Place – Jacob Chaparro (LHS)
2nd Place – Reagan Tampke (MHS)
4th Place – Parker Killian (LHS)
6th Place – Eric Granillo (LHS)
10th Place – Josef Escamilla (LHS)
Auto/Diesel Projects
Jacob Chaparro (LHS)
Josef Escamilla (LHS)
Emannual Espino (MHS)
Ryan Farris (GHS)
Eric Granillo (LHS)
Parker Killian (LHS)
Armando Maldonado (MHS)
Patrick Shaw (MHS)
Reagan Tampke (MHS)
Adrian Valdez (MHS)
Jugo Zapada (LHS)

“We are very proud of these students,” said Pete Avalos, MC chair of Automotive/Diesel Technology. “They worked incredibly hard perfecting skills and refining projects. Their efforts were rewarded at the regional contest, and we look forward to showcasing our students’ tremendous talent and skills at the state contest in Corpus Christi.”

In addition to Avalos, students are also instructed and advised by Erick Gutierrez and Brandon Bradley.

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