Students from Thomas Edison High School of Technology in Silver Spring took part in the 40th Maryland State SkillsUSA Competition in April, with 92 students competing in 34 different competitions. Overall, Edison students won 32 medals in 17 competitions.
Sixteen students won first place, earning the right to compete June 24-29 at the National SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo. Five students earned second-place silver medals, and 11 earned third-place bronze medals.
First-place winners and their category: William Gonzalez, carpentry; Lidya Tesfaye, job interview; Zackary John, pin design; Amanda Ross, T-shirt design; Yesenia Sanchez, nail care; Kasjae Offutt, model nail care; Cindy Gomez, technical computer application; Jorge Canart, customer service; Jessica Sanchez, employment application; Jesse Bruce, Rabby Mertus, Felix Ubieria and Anthony Sarceno, entrepreneurship; and Alexis Wilson, April Johnson and Patrick Whittaker, community service.
Second-place winners were Eva Valezquez, nail care; ShelliAnn Francis, model nail care; Andres Valencia, sheet metal; Giata Thiam, employment application; and Leon Nguyen, T-shirt design.
Third-place winners were Gabriella Ellison, esthetics; Karen Nguyen, model esthestics; Mario Guzman, industrial motor control; Alexandra Loebach, basic health care; Alexandra Murray, medical terminology; Christian Bowman, Adonis Corvoisier, Konstantin Hamitlon, Ryan Huynh and Peter Kirk, quiz bowl; and Edward DeDecker, restaurant services.