Belton CTE Claims SkillsUSA Engineering National Silver Medal
Belton Career and Technology (CTE) claims a SkillsUSA national silver medal with Belton High School Class of 2019 graduate Peter Morris placing second in the Principles of Engineering/Technology event at the 2019 SkillsUSA National Student Leadership Conference held this week in Louisville, KY.
“I am extremely proud of the hard work Peter has put into competing this year,” said Belton CTE instructor and SkillsUSA sponsor, Pietro “Pete” Giustino. “It’s very rewarding to see that level of commitment pay off and earn national recognition.”
Described by SkillsUSA as an evaluation of a competitor’s, “understanding of basic technical concepts/principles of the applied sciences and ability to demonstrate and explain the concept/principle in action and application,” this Principles of Engineering/Technology national silver medal finish is a first for Belton CTE. Previous national medals have been achieved in the SkillsUSA TeamWorks construction trades team competition.
“Peter is one of our best and brightest,” said Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon. “SkillsUSA provides invaluable opportunities for our students to develop skills that translate to high-demand jobs while challenging even our top performing academic students.”
To qualify for nationals, competitors have to win their respective state competitions. Morris’ win at the Texas SkillsUSA competition was one of two state golds achieved by Belton CTE this year.
In addressing their continued success, Belton CTE Director Stephanie Ferguson acknowledged Belton students are well prepared for this level of competition. “They have put in a lot of time of training and practicing their skills,” she said. “And, because of our strong business and post- secondary education partners, our programs provide students the opportunities to develop skills that translate to high-demand jobs and high-skilled trades.”
Peter Morris will begin his freshman year at Texas A&M University this fall studying engineering.