From Staff Reports
Several SkillsUSA Computer-Aided Design Chapter members competed last week in the Texas State Skills and Leadership Contest in Corpus Christi, and two brought home bronze medals – a first for Mineral Wells High School.
MWHS students competed in four contests, including technical drafting, technical drafting information contest, architectural drafting and chapter business procedure.
In technical drafting, senior Kedryn Gordon took third-place and brought home the first-ever MWHS bronze medal for the event. The technical drafting contest evaluates contestants' preparation for employment and is designed to focus on the solution of industry-developed problems by applying appropriate technical drafting skills and tools, including computer-aided drafting.
Senior Kaylee Morgan also placed third in state and brought home the school's first ever bronze in the technical drafting-technical information contest. This includes a written test covering all areas of technical drafting.
MWHS SkillsUSA student Jorge Zambrano competed in the architectural drafting skills contest, in which contestants use their drafting skills to solve an architectural problem.
The problem includes a written test, a hand sketch and architectural drawings.
In chapter business procedure, a team of six members demonstrate their knowledge of parliamentary procedure in both a written exam – 100 questions based on Robert's Rules of Order – and a team demonstration. The MWHS team members were Curtis Allred, Joshua Wengland, Brian Fantry, John Santillan, Corabeth Allred and Maribel Perez.
During their presentation, students ran a typical business meeting, properly inserting into the order of business, the secretary's minutes, treasurer's report and business items identified by the technical committee. In addition to the debate and transaction of the business items, teams had to demonstrate at least six different parliamentary procedure motions. Upon completion of the mock meeting, the secretary read the team minutes.
“The students did an outstanding job and were very professional,” said D.C. Whittenburg, MWHS teacher and SkillsUSA advisor.
Several returning students are already planning for next year's SkillsUSA Contest, according to Whittenburg, who added that he is very proud to be their teacher and advisor.