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Three Silicon Valley Career Technical Education students won gold medals and were named best in the state in their field at the SkillsUSA State Competition held in San Diego, April 24-27. A total of 13 high school and adult students won medals which included seven silver and three bronze medals.

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Gold medal winners Christopher Skoff, from Silicon Valley CTE’s Precision Machining (Leigh High School); Elliot Hickle from Silicon Valley CTE’s Heating, Air Conditioning and Ventilation (Almaden Valley Christian School); and Eric Allustiarti from Silicon Valley’s CTE’s Truck Mechanics (Santa Teresa High School) will move onto the SkillsUSA National Competition in Kansas City, June 23-27.

“Our students did very well at the State Competition,” Silicon Valley CTE SkillsUSA advisor and Truck Mechanics, Instructor, Mike Cortese said. “Silicon Valley CTE’s students were very professional and showed that they have the skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive workforce.”

MetroED Superintendent said that the students were “very proud” and “full of smiles” while standing onstage to accept their awards. She added that, ““I was so impressed with how professional all of our students conducted themselves at the competition. It is a true reflection of our instructors.”

In addition to their gold medals, Allustiarti was awarded an $8,500 scholarship to Wyotech and snap on tools, gold Medal winner, Skoff, took home an iPad mini and a die cast car, and Hickle was awarded safety gear and air conditioning gauges.

Many of the silver and bronze medal winners were also awarded tools, software, safety gear, and books in addition to their medal.

Students competed in the areas of Health Knowledge Bowl; Auto Body Repair; Auto Body Refinishing; Heating & Air Conditioning; Diesel Technology; Dental Assisting; Welding; Machining; Medical Terminology; Medical Math; and Carpentry.

Silicon Valley CTE Silver Medal Winners are— Christopher Nguyen for Machining (Adult); Jordan Madden-Kageura for Dental Assisting (Leigh High School); Jessica Moore for Welding (Adult); Joseph Ellis for HVAC (Santa Teresa High School); Gustavo Mendez for Auto Body Repair (Adult); Simone Sage Ybarra for Auto Body Refinishing (Los Gatos High School/NOVA); and Ryeder Mudwilder for Diesel Mechanics (Adult).

Silicon Valley CTE Bronze Medal Winners are—Mayra Pinon for Dental Assisting (Adult); Nathaniel Joyce for Carpentry (Santa Teresa High School/Phoenix); and Joseph Basuini for HVAC (Willow Glen High School).

SkillsUSA is a national organization for career-technical education students within trade, technical, industrial and health occupations. Annual competitions are held to encourage students to challenge themselves within their chosen technical careers.
Silicon Valley CTE serves high school juniors and seniors from six high school districts: Campbell Union High School District, East Side Union High School District, Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District, Milpitas Unified School District, San Jose Unified School District, and the Santa Clara Unified School District. Students attend Silicon Valley CTE for half of their high school day and their home high school for the other half of the day.


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