Five Howard County School of Technology students and one Howard Community College student won the right last weekend to represent Maryland at the national Vocational Industrial Clubs of America skills olympics in June.
The students took first-place awards in the 18th annual state VICA skills olympics, which took place last Saturday. In addition, the Howard County students brought home six second-place and three third-place awards from the competition.
First-place winners and the categories in which they competed were Joe Davis, a senior at Glenelg High School, printing technology; Tae Kim, a senior at Mount Hebron, computer-aided drafting and VICA pindesign; Shaun McCarty, Howard Community College, post-secondary culinary arts competition.
Michelle McPadden, a senior at Howard High,advertising design; Tammy Nuse, a junior at Howard High, national voting delegate; Debbie Rackley, a junior at Hammond High, medical assistant.
The national contest, which annually draws approximately 3,000 competitors from high schools and colleges across the nation, will be conducted in Louisville, Ky., this year.
Second-place winners will be asked to fill in for first-place winners who cannot attend the national competition, said Chip Harris, state VICA director.
Second-place winners from Howard County were Terrick Ball, a senior from Oakland Mills High, job skill demonstration; David Byerly, junior,Howard High, computer-aided architectural drafting; Joey Jones, senior, Howard, architectural drafting; Pam Myers, junior, Mount Hebron High, nursing assistant; John Payne, senior, Atholton High, air conditioning; and Robin Wolders, junior, Howard High, job skill demonstration.
Third-place winners were Derek Bupp, junior, Centennial High, culinary arts; John Gose, junior, Howard High, welding; and Daniel Thomson, junior, Hammond High, electronic product servicing.