D99 Students Sweep the 2017 SkillsUSA Illinois Conference

May 11, 2017

Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South High School SkillsUSA Club students competed and won several awards in the 53rd annual SkillsUSA Illinois State Leadership and Skills Conference in Springfield over the April 27-29 weekend.

Downers Grove North students took home seven medals:

Interactive Game Design
Pradeep Senthil: Silver
Mohammed Zaiduddin: Silver
Tomas Bindokas: Silver
David Martinez: Silver

Engineering Technology Category
Veronica Lee: Gold
Eirene Kowal: Gold
Tyler Martin: Gold

Eleven South students finished in the top ten in 3D Visualization, Architectural CAD, Computer Programming and Mobile Robotics:

3D Visualization
2nd Place Team: Billy Richert and Emily Pulido
5th Place Team: Brett Richert and Matt Millbrandt

Architectural CAD students
State Champion: Joe Dobosenski
2nd Place: Jon Guttello
3rd Place: Ethan Witt
4th Place: Mercer Allendorfer
5th Place: Erikas Keturakis
8th Place: Andrew Aguilera

Computer Programming
4th Place: David Aronson

Mobile Robotics
State Champions: Jon Urgello and Ammar Khan
5th Place: Nathan Weicheck and Mateo Garcia

Additionally, four DGS students in the Technology Center of DuPage (TCD) career program placed in their respected areas of focus:

Cosmetology
2nd Place: Jacqueline Pawl
2nd and 3rd Place: Athina Darrus
16th Place: Madison Parker

Auto refinishing
Brody Hickey: Silver Medal

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to help each student excel and to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The 100 different trade, technical and leadership contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations.

To learn more about SkillsUSA, visit www.SkillsUSA.org.

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