Students bring home second place in national SkillsUSA competition

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San Jacinto College engineering design graphic (EDG) students brought home silver metals from the 50th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills conference in June.

The EDG team of Robert (Rob) Ross, Van Troung, and Richard Hermoso took second place nationally with their cell phone drying device, which dries out cell phones using a hairdryer and de-humidifier after they’ve been dropped in water. Patrick Doig, another EDG student, competed in the prepared speech competition and placed fourth in the nation.

Cosmetology students Trisha McCurdy, Candice Priest, Carrie McCord, Kailie Montoya, Amy Herrera, Laura Adawin, and Sherene Adawin placed fourth nationally in opening and closing ceremonies. McCurdy was also elected state vice president for SkillsUSA Texas postsecondary. Automotive student Ryan Nelson, also competed at the national level placing 11th in the nation. Faculty members Dana Belt, Mary Ann Blake, William Buel, and David Castillo traveled with the students to the national competition. Click here for the full story.