DGS Students Place at SkillsUSA State Championships

DGS Students Place at SkillsUSA State Championships

South High School SkillsUSA students competed in the virtual Illinois SkillsUSA State Championships. Downers Grove South High School had eight medalists, including three state champions and national qualifiers, and six placers. Additional students from both schools placed within the top ten.

“We’re incredibly proud of our students for their commitment and their success at the State SkillsUSA Competition,” said Mark Molinari, South High School Career & Technical Education Teacher and SkillsUSA advisor. “Each of the SkillsUSA advisors have spent hours with these students outside of class time preparing them for these opportunities.”

3D Design & Animation

  • State Champions and National Qualifiers - Zach McGrath & Ben Bilby
  • 3rd Place - Michael Lopez-Larucci & Greyson Martinescu 
  • 4th Place - Kelsey Magnusson & James Marek


Architectural Drawing

  • State Champion and National Qualifier - Robert Grogan
    • First state championship in this category at South High
  • 2nd Place - Nick Schmidt-Bailey
  • 3rd Place - Preston Nikoloff
  • 4th Place - Kira Kushta
  • 5th Place Jimena Gomez
  • 6th Place - Hannah Martin
  • 8th Place - Riley Vernon
  • 9th Place - Maggie Clark
  • 10th Place - Victoria Morales & Dawson Wells

Engineering Technology Design

  • 2nd Place Team M - Dillon Kohls, Aaron Marrs, Krishna Patel
  • 3rd Place Team H - Ben Bogadanski, Keegan Doyle, Logan Henderson
  • 5th Place Team L - Osman Khan, Charles Pendergast, Matthew Quiroga
  • 6th Place Team I - Martin Harmon, Philip Glawe 

Principles of Engineering / Technology

  • State Champion and National Qualifier - Ronald Kenyeri
    • Back-to-back champion, which has never been accomplished before at the State Competition

For more information, contact South High SkillsUSA Adviser Mark Molinari at mmolinari@csd99.org. To learn more about SkillsUSA Illinois, visit their website.