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KHSD ROC Students Dominate at State Level Skills Competition

60 Kern High School District students, each of whom qualified in regional competitions earlier in the year, represented our community and their respective schools at the state SkillsUSA Conference and Skills Competition. Over 100 different trade, technical, and leadership events are held under the SkillsUSA banner, with KHSD students competing in skill fields as varied as Electronics Technology to Law Enforcement. Scores of other students competed in leadership competitions, including Community Service, American Spirit, and Extemporaneous Speaking.

Despite stiff competition from throughout the state, KHSD students stood tall, Todd Lamas earned the Tom Hall CITEA SkillsUSA Student of the year. Erick Gonzales and Brian Andriano have been elected as California SkillsUSA State Officers. Individual students also excelled, with KHSD students earning 7 gold, 5 silver, and 7 bronze medals. The 7 gold medal winners have qualified for the national competition, to be held this June in Louisville, Kentucky.

SkillsUSA is a national organization consisting of 300,000 high school and college students. With assistance from industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, SkillsUSA endeavors to provide students with the technical skills and leadership abilities necessary to succeed in today’s ever-changing workplace.


2018 SkillsUSA students and staff

SkillsUSA California State Conference and Skills Competition


Brian Andriano (Robotics) - American Spirit

Grace Urmston (CISCO Networking)-American Spirit

Ashley Peterson (Sports Medicine) - American Spirit

Jordan Peer (CISCO Networking) – Internetworking

Cruz Aguilar (CISCO Networking) – Job Interview

Jackson Plivelich (3-D Animation) – 3D Animation

Samuel Myers (3-D Animation) – 3D Animation



Caleb Contreras (CISCO Networking) – Internetworking High School

Alexis Iturralde (Auto Body)-Automotive Refinishing

Kimberly Guzman (Robotics Engineering)-Robotics and Automation Technology

Jose Manriquez (Robotics Engineering)-Robotics and Automation Technology

Isis Hernandez (Graphic Design) T-Shirt Design


Jonathan Rosales (CISCO Networking)-Extemporaneous Speaking

Erick Gonzales (CISCO Networking)-Pin Design

Kalah Kohfeld-Stout (Vet Tech) - Action Skills

Noah Sims (CISCO Networking) - Information Technology

Noah Sims (CISCO Networking) – Career Pathway Showcase

Carina Lauricio (CISCO Networking) – Career Pathway Showcase

David Russom (CISCO Networking) – Career Pathway Showcase