ROC CTEC brought home 42 medals from the 2023 State Leadership and Skills Conference

ROC CTEC Students Win Medals at the 2023 SkillsUSA California State

Workforce Development Event


Erin Hodson

Chapter Director

(661) 396-4430

[email protected]


April 17, 2023 — California career and technical education students from ROC CTEC brought home 42 medals from the 2023 State Leadership and Skills Conference. The 2023 state championships were held in Ontario, CA from April 13th to April 16th. The annual SkillsUSA conference was a showcase of career and technical education (CTE) students in our state where over 100 outstanding students from the ROC CTEC chapter competed in over 30 different trade, technical and leadership events. During the state SkillsUSA competition, the CTE students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as Automotive Refinishing Technology, Criminal Justice, Information Technology Services, Audio/Radio Production, Carpentry, Advertising Design and Welding Fabrication. All contests are run by SkillsUSA with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, testing competencies set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included American Spirit, Outstanding Chapter, Chapter Display, Opening & Closing Ceremonies and conducting meetings using parliamentary procedure. Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. 


The annual championships event is for middle school, high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA Kern High chapter members have consistently demonstrated their expertise and professionalism while participating throughout the year in a variety of leadership and competitive conferences. SkillsUSA’s mission is to SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible community members. SkillsUSA improves the quality of the nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Our vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success. State first-place (gold medal) winners are eligible to compete at the national SkillsUSA Championships, which will be held in Atlanta in June. 


The following students at the 2023 state conference had outstanding accomplishments:


Gold Medalist, Contest Name | Gold Heading to Nationals in Atlanta, GA in June

Logan Mulligan, Information Technology Services

Kimoren Lotino, Automotive Refinishing Technology

Kiefer Cruz, Collision Repair Technology

Mia Contreras, Audio/Radio Production

Martin Acevado, Audio/Radio Production

Andrew MaGallon, Outstanding Chapter

Keyon Tucker, Outstanding Chapter

Marisa Gonzalez, Outstanding Chapter

Mathew Yepez, Electronics Technology

Damian Delgado Ayon, Carpentry 


Silver Medalist, Contest Name

James Velasquez, Information Technology Services

Cameron Christensen, Collision Damage Appraisal

Nathaniel Rosas, Criminal Justice

Breeze Holmes, Opening & Closing Ceremonies

Diana Rojas Villa, Opening & Closing Ceremonies

Ethan Park, Opening & Closing Ceremonies

Haylie Bloxom, Opening & Closing Ceremonies

Jayden Boston, Opening & Closing Ceremonies

Karra Martine, Opening & Closing Ceremonies

Rome Rodriguez, Opening & Closing Ceremonies

Ashlynn Hall, Chapter Display

Emily Navarro, Chapter Display

Malaya Anthony Scott, Chapter Display

Adara Calantas, Entrepreneurship

Karol Codilla, Entrepreneurship

Natalie Singleton, Entrepreneurship

James Roseborough, Entrepreneurship

Byron Lewis, Welding Fabrication

Jack Hester, Welding Fabrication

Jake Rivera, Welding Fabrication

Alexa Duran, Mechatronics

Melissa Shamberg, Mechatronics

Kaiden Ybarra, Masonry

Diego Aguilar, Electrical Construction Wiring 

Bronze Medalist, Contest Name

Tanner Blattenberg, Information Technology Services

Sebastian Gonzalez , Job Skill Demonstration A 

Emiliano Moreno, Advertising design

Savana Drewry, Creed

Kevin Morgan, Masonry

Jonathan Federoff,TeamWorks

Blake Holt, TeamWorks

Ethan Guess, TeamWorks


Chapter Recognitions

Chapter Excellence Designation - Silver Award

Newly elected California State Officer - Elijah Lidgett

Region 2 Advisor of the Year - Walter Suazo, Digital Marketing & Media Design Instructor


For more information about this year’s events and the winners, contact:

Erin Hodson, SkillsUSA Kern High Chapter Director at (661) 396-4430 or by email at [email protected]


SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded in 1965 to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills ogrounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the skills gap in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have long ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has members nationwide in high schools, colleges and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. We have served 13.9 million members since 1965. For more information: