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Three Schools Bring Home National Wins

7/18/2023

Wylie ISD students from three different schools brought home top honors in three different contests at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta. 

Wylie High School, Wylie East High School and McMillan Junior High all brought home winning hardware!

Wylie High School

The Wylie High team competed in Mobile Robotics, where they earned a silver award. Team members were Leon Wang and Sevy Wang. 

Sevy, Leon’s younger brother, stepped in when Audrey Heller, who competed with Leon at district and state, was unable to attend Nationals.

The team and the robot they built had to carry out tasks in which they were awarded points. 

Students receive medals on stage.

“A major part of this year's objective was similar to disk golf,” WHS Robotics Instructor Morris Goldade said. “It was amazing to see them come together as a team and achieve so many successes during the year. I am so proud of them and their accomplishments.”

In addition to the physical part of the contest, the teams also went through two sets of interviews and presented an engineering notebook.

Wylie East High School

WEHS students Madison Palmer, Julia Gilbreath and Tufe Uslu also placed second, winning silver medals in the Crime Scene Investigation contest. 

Under the direction of SkillsUSA advisor David Lanman, the WEHS team represented Texas against 36 other states in this contest.

“This was my first year at nationals, and it was better than I could’ve expected,” Gilbreath said. “I got to speak to a bunch of new people from different states while I was pin trading, which was very cool. And when it came to actually competing, it was great! I knew that the judges wanted everyone to succeed. I’m very glad I got to experience this.”

Students receive medals.

WEHS freshman Cash Welch participated in the Action Skills contest, where he presented a five-seven minute demonstration on preparing metal to weld. Cash’s presentation earned him seventh in the nation in this contest. 

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

 Students attend SkillsUSA national event.

The WEHS students also participated in the SkillsUSA Community Service Project, helping build 100 bicycles for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Club of Atlanta.

McMillan Junior High School

McMillian Junior High School SkillsUSA students earned gold for Outstanding Chapter for Middle School. Congratulations to team members Lakyn Day, Taela Richards, Dylan Sartor, and their advisor Joanna Robertson.

Students receive medals on stage.

Approximately 10,000 student competitors in middle school, high school and college competed in over 130 contest events, from welding and cosmetology to law enforcement and culinary. Students also participated in the opening and closing ceremonies and prepared speeches. Each contestant attending the national event was the first-place winner from their individual state’s event, representing their state in that contest.

SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers, and industries working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. National membership comprises 320,000 student members, and only 2% reach the National Conference.