Do you have skills? The Verde Valley CTE students do.

Submitted by Lois Lamer.

Students from Camp Verde, Mingus and Sedona high schools Career and Technical Education programs participated in the SkillsUSA Arizona Championships held March 27-28. SkillsUSA is the premier showcase for Arizona’s trade, technology and service high school and college students.

Employers, experts from industry and educators work together to design, judge and recognize our members for their accomplishments in competitions that have real-world challenges. Contestants use math, science, reading and language skills in conjunction with hands-on technical skills to compete against the best in Arizona.


  • Gold – Shane Chambers, Sedona Red Rock High
  • Silver – Victoria Nabours, Sedona Red Rock High

Engineering Team

  • Gold – Andrew Hickey, Jorge Padilla, Jonathon Witt, Mingus Union High School

Technical Drafting

  • 1st – Lucas Meredith, Mingus Union High School
  • 2nd – Elias Luna, Mingus Union High School
  • 3rd – John Stabe, Mingus Union High School

Mingus Union High School also had Braulio Udave, an automotive student, take the Gold Medal in the Job Interview competition. Camp Verde High School took bronze in three competitions. Extemporaneous Speech – Josh Gray, Prepared Speech – Emily Showers and the Welding Fabrication team of Ryan Stockseth, Cory Placek and Jacob Crittenden. Once again the CTE students of the Verde Valley prove they have the skills to succeed.