South Pasadena High School SkillsUSA Students Win Big at State Competition in San Diego

Photo Credit: Mike Hogan

The SPHS chapter of SkillsUSA traveled to San Diego, Calif. April 20-23, 2017 to participate in the annual state conference. Students excelled in numerous categories with 23 members qualifying for national competition. The chapter was named a SkillsUSA Gold Chapter of Excellence for the second year in a row. Following is a complete list of awards, including noted firsts for the students.

SkillsUSA State Conference San Diego 2017

• Named a SkillsUSA Gold Chapter of Excellence advancing to another phase at nationals (2nd year
in a row)
• 2017 State Officer*: Victoria Venardi
• Statesmen Awards: Damian Ugalde, Victoria Venardi, Maddie Pearson, Drew Sevilla; Teacher Sandra
• Advertising Design: Silver (Michelle Han), Bronze (Truman Lesak),
• Chapter Display: Gold (Max Wilder-Smith, Dhruv Vansadia, Celeste Amaya)
• Computer Programming: Gold (Damian Ugalde)
• Career Pathways Showcase-Arts & Communication: Gold (Flora Cheung, Sarah Sy, Angela Zhang)
• Career Pathways Showcase-Business, Management, & Technology: Silver (Winston Qian, Jalen
Smith, Aidan Espinosa)
• Career Pathways Showcase- Human Services: Bronze (Jennifer Zhang, Gavin Chi, and Shannon
• Career Pathways Showcase- Industrial & Engineering Technology: Silver (Charles Liu, Luzhou Zhang,
Sebastian Chinen)
• Entrepreneurship: Gold (Natalie Deng, Brandon Lee, Danielle Choi, Hayley Villapudua)
• Health Knowledge Bowl: Gold* (Robert Steele, Colin Schwantner, Alyssa Lopez, Megan Leriget)
Silver* (Stephanie Ehrlich, Stone Franco, Anya Nicolaides, Noah Uemura), Bronze* (Logan
Sanchez, Cassandra Islas, Nayeli Solis, Hailey Bugg)
• Occupational Health and Safety Multiple: Gold (Brandon Zhu, Madeleine Wong and Stone Franco)
• Outstanding Chapter: Gold (Victoria Venardi, Drew Sevilla, Madison Pearson)
• Promotional Bulletin Board: Bronze (Elaine Wang, Susan Yang, & Jessica Chen)
• Screen Printing: Gold (Liz Osoy), Silver (Jonathan Tom)
• Tech Computer Apps: Silver (Daniel Gruhn)
• T-Shirt Design: Bronze (Becky Seo)

*First for SPHS SkillsUSA Chapter

For more information, contact: South Pasadena Unified School District, Office of the Superintendent,

South Pasadena High School, 1401 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, (626) 441-5820 or visit





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