ROC CTEC Students Win Medals at the 57th SkillsUSA State Leadership & Skills Conference

California career and technical education students from ROC CTEC brought home 26 medals from the 57th State Leadership & Skills Conference. The 2024 state championships were held in Ontario, CA from April 4th to April 7th. The annual SkillsUSA conference was a showcase of career and technical education (CTE) students in our state where 96 outstanding students from the ROC CTEC Kern High chapter competed in over 30 different trade, technical and leadership events. During the state SkillsUSA competition, ROC CTEC students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as Automotive Refinishing Technology, Masonry, Information Technology Services, Audio/Radio Production, 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, Career Pathway Showcase and conducting meetings using parliamentary procedure. Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. 


SkillsUSA State 2024

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. 

SkillsUSA State 2024 SkillsUSA 2024
SkillsUSA State 2024 SkillsUSA State 2024

The following students medaled at the 2024 state conference:

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

Helen Lopez, Technical Computer Applications
David Ibanez, Mechatronics

Gabriel Mondragon, Mechatronics

Kelly Zepeda, American Spirit

Abigail Aguilar, American Spirit

Ashlyn Gurney, American Spirit

Eduardo Reyes, Masonry



SkillsUSA State 2024
SkillsUSA State 2024


Silver Medalist, Contest Name

James Coyle, Information Technology Services

Natalie Varela, Technical Computer Applications

Brayden Powers, Collision Damage Appraisal

Marc Herrera , Mechatronics

Tony Marquez, Mechatronics

Jaydon Zetino, Outstanding Chapter

Aubree Stahler, Outstanding Chapter

Aileen Urias, Outstanding Chapter

Carlos Castellon, Welding Fabrication

Mason Gates , Welding Fabrication

Nathaniel Guillen, Welding Fabrication

Jhoana Mijares Morales, Creed

Sergio Carrillo Castaneda, Plumbing

SkillUSA 2024
SkillUSA 2024

Bronze Medalist, Contest Name

Lizmary Garcia Gonzalez, Collision Damage Appraisal

Silvino Lopez Castaneda, Carpentry

Jaime Alcantar, TeamWorks

Jesus Flores, TeamWorks

Bryan Murillo, TeamWorks

Kane Spears, TeamWorks

Chapter Recognitions

Chapter Excellence Designation - Bronze Award



For more information about this year’s events and the winners, or to sponsor students headed to the National Skills & Leadership conference in June contact:

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