After two decades the KHSD Regional Occupational Center (ROC) Skills Olympics tradition is alive and well, showcasing the career and technical abilities of hundreds of KHSD students in a morning packed with activities and the spirit of friendly competition.
The opening ceremony featured remarks by KHSD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Dean McGee and a Presentation of Colors by the Bakersfield High School Air Force Junior ROTC.
Students competed in 23 different areas of career and technical education (CTE) and were judged on their efforts by local business professionals. CTE programs represented in the event included: ag/diesel mechanics, animal care technology, auto body repair, auto technology, banking and finance, bookkeeping/accounting, computer technology, fashion merchandising, firefighting, law enforcement, medical careers, food science, retail/professional sales, teacher assistant, and welding.
Students have had the opportunity to learn their specialized technical skills through capstone programs at ROC they attended their senior year. These exceptional students were excited to have the opportunity to show off their skills and compete with their peers.
A special awards ceremony recognized Skills Olympics winners with gold, silver, and bronze medals for the top three places in each category.
Gold ROC Skills Olympics Medalists:
3-D Animation – Kyle Heydt and Ducinea Candia
Ag Diesel Mechanics – Michael Kessel
Auto Body – Jesus Rodriguez and Seth Lay
Auto Tech – Earl Ruibal
Banking and Finance – Maria Lopez
CISCO Networking – David Mowrer
Fashion Merchandising – Marey Jimenez
Fire Fighting – Ryan White
Law Enforcement – Patrick Crowe
Medical Assistant – Adrian Nazaroff
Mobile App development – Sebastian Nunneley and Alberto Delgado
Nursing Assistant – Elizbeth Estrada
Retail Sales – Kenya Benitez
Robotics Engineering – Temo Rivera and Robert Rodriguez
Sports Medicine – Darby Mell
Welding – Alejandro Ortiz
Metal Fabrication – Joe Vargas
A complimentary lunch was served to all participants during the awards ceremony on Friday, May 12th, 2017, at the Regional Occupational Center. Congratulations to everyone involved in this exciting event!