SkillsUSA State Conference

From April 20th through 24th, 16 students from the Impact and Engineering pathways at Indio High School competed at the 50th Annual SkillsUSA California State Conference.

In 2016, SkillsUSA California had just over 10,000 student members. In 2017, that number grew to over 20,000– a 100% increase in a single year! As a result, every competitive event increased in difficulty as nearly 3,000 students from all over California came to compete in San Diego. 

All competitions involved skill, leadership, and professional development components. Students and teams were evaluated by industry professionals volunteering their time to act as judges and coordinators. Competitions were scored on a 1,000 point scale with the top three scores earning Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals (Gold medalists advance to the National Conference). Here are the results for the Impact & Engineering students. 

Audio/Radio Production
Team G (Miranda Hernandez & Jayme Villacres) 
5th place out of 9, score: 709/1000

Team F (Johnny Castro & Steven Martinez)
6th place out of 9, score: 684/1000

Broadcast News Production
Juan Bailey, Kim Lopez, Leeanna Rivas, Lannette Villarino
6th place out of 14, score: 898/1000

Digital Cinema Production
Markus Clipper & Jose Romero
6th place out of 18, score: 915/1000

Engineering Technology & Design
Team H (Zenaida Flores, Alfredo Ruiz, Raymond Sarmiento)
9th place out of 17, score: 720/1000

Team I (Erika Perez, Jada Pina, Perla Vidaña)
11th place out of 17, score: 685/1000

Job Interview
Miranda Hernandez
7th place out of 16, score: 860/1000

Pin Design
Steven Martinez
10th place out of 13, score: 305/1000

The next step for SkillsUSA at IHS is to select chapter officers for next year as students begin to consider which competitive leadership and skills events they'll take part in. We'd like to thank DSUSD for their support in bringing SkillsUSA to our district and helping to ensure that each student had access to materials and events. 

A special thanks also goes out to the DATA SkillsUSA students and staff from Cathedral City High School for their constant support at SkillsUSA events throughout the year as IHS students navigated the organized chaos for the first time.