NC Students Shine at the 2018 SkillsUSA Conference
North Carolina participants brought home 45 gold medals — the most in the nation
Luis Maldonado of Middle Creek High School was named National Outstanding Educator of the Year at the 2018 SkillsUSA Conference.
Photo courtesy of Luis Maldonado
More than 460 North Carolina students from 41 high schools and 17 community colleges traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, this summer to attend the 54th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, which drew more than 17,000 participants from around the country and its territories.
North Carolina participants competed in the SkillsUSA Championships during the conference, which covered trades ranging from construction to engineering. They brought home 45 gold medals — the most in the nation — as well as a total of 71 medals, to achieve the second highest medal count.
“SkillsUSA is a great example of our efforts to empower students with career pathways that provide them the best opportunity to pursue their American Dream,” says State Superintendent Mark Johnson. “The great success our students have had is a testament to the hard work students and educators have put into making career and technical education a priority in North Carolina’s schools.”
Luis Maldonado, a digital media teacher at Middle Creek High School in Apex, was honored at the conference as a National Outstanding Educator of the Year.
The SkillsUSA Championships is the national-level competition for public high school and college/postsecondary students enrolled in career and technical education programs. SkillsUSA organizes this event, and it is considered the single largest day of industry volunteerism in America annually, with an estimated cost of more than $36 million. Learn more at skillsusa.org/events-training/national-leadership-and-skills-conference.