The Robstown High School SkillsUSA Drafting Club, along with the Culinary Arts, Graphic Arts and Automotive clubs, competed against other clubs from across the South Texas area at the SkillsUSA District Leadership & Skills Contest on the weekend of Mar. 7 in Laredo, Texas. Students from all school classifications compete head to head in various leadership and skills contests.

The students made a very good showing in representing Robstown High School Drafting Department.

SkillsUSA is a program that teaches young adults who are interested in developing their employment skills to become contributing members of the work force. Through the development of their skills, the students learn how better to present themselves, provide a skill that is needed by an employer, and to perform well on the job. There are over 300,000 members nationwide and even more internationally.

In the Leadership portion of the contest, the Chapter Display team, with members Gabriel Anzaldua, Samantha Baltierra, Avery Briones, Javier De La Paz, Bradley Guerrero and Michael Vasquez, won 1st place and will advance to the State contest.

The Promotional Bulletin Board team, with members Derek Flores, David Mungia, Ariel Pena, Nathan Reyes and Savino Rojas, won 1st place and will advance to the State contest.

The Opening and Closing Ceremony team, made up of members Gabriel Anzaldua, Samantha Baltierra, Avery Briones, Elric Esquivel, David Mungia, Savino Rojas and Michael Vasquez placed 3rd, but will not advance to State.

The Quiz Bowl Team comprised of members Gabriel Anzaldua, Avery Briones, Derek Flores, David Mungia, Jesse Rivera, Savino Rojas and Michael Vasquez placed 3rd, but also will not advance.

In the Skills portion of the contest, Savino Rojas placed 1st and Derek Flores placed 3rd for Mechanical Drafting. They both will compete in a skills test at the State Contest.

Also advancing is Brandon Clark, who placed 1st in the Related Technical Math contest.

Victoria Longoria won 1st in the Customer Service contest, advancing to State and her set of Architectural floor plans advanced to the State competition with a Superior rating.

Ariel Pena placed 1st in Extemporaneous Speech and will also advance.

The students who advance to State will compete in Corpus Christi on Mar. 27 and 28 at the State SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Contest. These students put in many extra hours after school practicing and preparing for their various contests.

The SkillsUSA Drafting Club sponsor is Carolyn Gunn.