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Area Students Excel at State SkillsUSA Competition

Area Students Excel at State SkillsUSA Competition photo
Back row: Homer Youngblood, Desiree Garcia, Trevor Bellows, Saul Bolivar, Adrion Ontiveros, Harley Rodriguez, David Moghaddam. Front row: Abbie Potts, Sabra Mapp, Celene Sepulveda, Judith Pinon, Mercedes Calderon, Kidra Hand-Moreno, Monica Rico.

4/8/2008 2:01:07 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. Fifteen local high school and college-level students participated in the state level SkillsUSA conference held in Albuquerque April 3-5. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, high school students, and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

From the college level, the six-member team of Mercedes Calderon, Kidra Hand-Moreno, Sabra Mapp, Judith Pinon, Monica Rico, and Celene Sepulveda competed in the Opening/Closing Ceremonies and placed first. Also from the college level, cosmetology student Abbie Potts placed third in Job Skills Demonstration A.

From the high school level, Desiree Garcia and Trevor Bellows were each awarded first place: Garcia for Nurse Assisting and Bellows for First Aid/CPR. This is Bellows' second year to take top honors in First Aid/CPR. Also competing in the category of First Aid/CPR was Saul Bolivar, who placed second. Harley Rodriguez and Adrion Ontiveros competed in the Welding category, with Rodriguez taking sixth place. Additionally, Nick Baird and Bobby Tarango served as voting delegates, and Tiffany Rucker participated as a model for Abbie Potts.

All who placed first in this state conference will be going to Kansas City, MO the final week of June to compete at the national level.

NMJC professors Shelby McCorvey, Robin Porter, Jill Henning, David Moghaddam, and Homer Youngblood attended with the students as advisors, along with Lynn Hunt, who served as interpreter for the hearing-impaired.

Shelby McCorvey, professor of cosmetology & SkillsUSA sponsor, is the State Officer Coordinator for New Mexico SkillsUSA state officers, and she is a member of the New Mexico SkillsUSA Board of Directors and the SkillsUSA National Education Team.

Robin Porter, professor of cosmetology for the ACT Academy & SkillsUSA sponsor, serves on the New Mexico SkillsUSA Board of Directors, and is a member of the SkillsUSA National Education Team.

Jill Henning, professor of Nursing for the ACT Academy, serves as co-chair of the New Mexico SkillsUSA Board of Directors, was the Health Events Chairperson for the 2007 State Competition, and is also a member of the SkillsUSA National Education Team.

Returning advisor Homer Youngblood is professor of EMT Training for the ACT Academy, and first time advisor David Moghaddam is professor of Welding in the Don Whitaker Automotive Tech Center.

Robin Porter remarked, "All of our students portrayed exemplary behavior and professionalism. We couldn't be more proud of them."

For more information please contact Robin Porter at 575.492.2805 or

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