Belton ISD Claims State Championship Gold at Skills USA Competition
Under the direction of team sponsor Craig Sullivan, Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow student Angel Collins and Belton High School students Jose Delgado, Isaac Collazo, and Patrick Frazho won gold and will advance to the national competition this June in Kentucky.
The SkillsUSA National Championships will require the TeamWorks crew to demonstrate their individual skills in electrical, carpentry, masonry, and plumbing, and their ability to work together as a team as they build a construction project over three days.
“Winning six consecutive state titles is representative of the quality of students we have here in Belton and the strength of our program,” shared Sullivan. “Students are dedicated to our motto ‘Excellence is not an Act. But a Habit. We are what we repeatedly do,’ and this TeamWorks Gold Medal shows that commitment.”
In addition to claiming top honors in the TeamWorks competition, all four members of the team received $6,000 scholarships to Texas State Technical College, as well a variety of construction equipment from McCoy’s Building Supply.
“SkillsUSA provides invaluable opportunities for our students to develop skills that translate to high-demand jobs and allows students to advance at the post-secondary education level,” said Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon. “I appreciate the commitment Craig and all of our team sponsors make to prepare our students to excel in these highly competitive state events and beyond.”
Another student from Belton High School, Peter Morris, earned a gold and a spot at SkillsUSA Nationals in the Engineering/Technology category. Morris’ gold medal advances him to the next level of competition in June where he will compete in the Principles of Engineering/Technology category. Competitors will be evaluated on their “understanding of basic technical concepts/principles of the applied sciences and ability to demonstrate and explain the concept/principle in action and application,” according to the SkillsUSA contest descriptions. Instructor Pietro “Pete” Giustino is the team sponsor.
Describing the district’s many accomplishments during the SkillsUSA State Competition Kincannon said, “I am proud of all of our students who competed at state. Winning two gold and two silver medals demonstrates the strength of the instruction of these winning programs.”
Two additional SkillsUSA Texas medals were awarded to Belton High School Career and Technology students for Design competitions.
Brynna Jones received a silver medal in the T-Shirt Design category, and Ryan Peterson was awarded a silver medal in Pin Design.
Design SkillsUSA sponsor Brittany Truitt said Brynna and Ryan worked tremendously hard on their projects and should be proud of taking the top two spots at state, adding that, “These two students created designs that illustrate their incredible artistic skills, and I couldn’t be prouder of all they accomplished.”
This year’s national conference is scheduled for June 24-28 in Louisville, Kentucky.