Hilco Real Estate 6-2024

Wylie East, Wylie High School students win Silver Medals at SkillsUSA competition

by | Jul 5, 2023 | Education, Latest, news

Julia Gilbreath, Tufe Uslu, Madison Palmer and Cash Welch at the SkillsUSA conference in Atlanta. Courtesy Photo

A small group of Wylie East students, along with one Wylie High School student, joined an elite group of their peers at the recent SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

The national competition, held June 19-23 in Atlanta, Georgia, is considered the “showcase for the best career and technical education students in the nation,” reports Skills USA.

“The convention features the SkillsUSA Championships, Skills USA continued, “where approximately 10,000 state champions in middle school, high school, and college from across the nation compete head-to-head for bronze, silver and gold medals in over 100 trade, technical and leadership competitions.”

Competitions spanned a variety of skillsets including welding, construction, robotics technology, law enforcement, culinary and much more, as well as leadership events like the SkillsUSA Opening and Closing Ceremony and prepared speech. 

To qualify to attend this event, first-place winners from an individual’s state event could attend and represent their state in that contest.

According to SkillsUSA, the nonprofit is a “national partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.”

National membership is 320,000 student members and only 2% make it to the National Conference. Ninety percent of its members are high school students. Middle school represents 1% and college represents 9%.

Wylie East Skills USA advisor David Lanman reported that Wylie East High School students Madison Palmer and Julia Gilbreath (Class of 2023), along with junior Tufe Uslu, placed second, winning silver medals in the Crime Scene Investigation contest. The team represented Texas against 36 other states in this contest.

“The team was required to process a crime scene by taking photographs, measurements and marking evidence,” reported Lanman. “Then as a group, process evidence related to fingerprints and footprints.” Additional requirements included demonstrating their individual skills by separately lifting a fingerprint from an item, doing a presumptive blood test to determine if the blood was human or using an alternate light source to discover evidence on an item. 

“The team then regrouped to compare notes and information to write individual reports on their actions processing the crime scene,” Lanman said.

Wylie East freshman Cash Welch participated in the Action Skills contest where he presented a 5–7-minute demonstration on preparing metal to weld. 

“Cash’s presentation earned him 7th in the nation in this contest,” Lanman said.

Morrison Goldade from Wylie High School also had a second-place team in a robotics competition. The challenge required a two-person team to demonstrate the operation of a five-axis servo-robot along with a set of sensors and motorized devices to resolve a production process problem.

Also at the convention, the students participated in the SkillsUSA Community Service Project helping to build 100 bicycles for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Club of Atlanta.

“Nationals has been one of the best experiences of my life, from meeting people to competing and everything in between,” Cash said. “For a lack of a better words, it was amazing!”

To continue to support local stories like this, subscribe to The Wylie News.

Subscribe RH Love

0 Comments

NTMWD Plant Smart 2024

Related News

Summer Kickoff party is Friday

Summer Kickoff party is Friday

Boocoos the clown will be back for the Summer Kickoff party Friday, June 7 outside the Smith Public Library. Summer programming for the city of Wylie will kick off with an annual outdoor event co-hosted by the library and rec center Friday. The Summer Kickoff party...

read more
City crews aided by volunteers after storm

City crews aided by volunteers after storm

A billboard on highway 78 near Ballard Avenue did not weather the Tuesday, May 28 storm too well.. Wylie has had its fair share of dramatic and damaging weather events over the years, but thankfully the city wasn’t hit as hard by last week’s severe storm as other...

read more
Scout honored, Taste of Wylie proceeds distributed

Scout honored, Taste of Wylie proceeds distributed

Mayor Matthew Porter issued Taste of Wylie proceeds to 5 Loaves Food Pantry, Amazing Grace, Christian Care Center and Hope for the Cities at the Tuesday, May 28, council meeting. Courtesy city of Wylie Mayor Matthew Porter started last week’s regular council meeting...

read more
Child killed in crash

Child killed in crash

Wylie police are investigating a fatality crash involving a five-year-old boy. According to a statement released by WPD, units from Wylie police and fire responded to a motor vehicle crash at Glen Knoll Mobile Home Park at 6:31 p.m. Wednesday, May 29. The reporting...

read more
Inaugural event planned for local nonprofit

Inaugural event planned for local nonprofit

In-Sync Exotics, a renowned sanctuary for rescued exotic felines, is hosting its inaugural fundraising gala, “Whisker Wishes - Making Miracles Happen,” at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at The Venue at Boyd Farms in Lavon.  This event marks a significant milestone for...

read more
Final budget update presented

Final budget update presented

A groundbreaking ceremony for Kreymer Elementary, the district’s newest school scheduled to open at Brown Street and Springdale Way in 2025, was held on Monday, May 20.  A few hours after a groundbreaking ceremony for Kreymer Elementary, the district’s newest school...

read more
WEHS graduates complete journey

WEHS graduates complete journey

Wylie East Class of 2024 graduates celebrate the end of their high school careers Saturday, May 25 at CUTX Event Center in Allen with the traditional streamer toss. On a busy Memorial Day weekend honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice, family, friends, staff...

read more
WHS Class of 2024 celebrate milestone

WHS Class of 2024 celebrate milestone

Wylie High Class of 2024 graduates, 691 of them, toss celebratory streamers in the air signaling the end of high school Saturday, May 25 at the event center in Allen. The Wylie High School Class of 2024 marked a milestone Saturday evening as proud parents, teachers,...

read more
Order photos