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July 5, 2011 > ROP students win top honors

ROP students win top honors

Submitted By Stephanie Ayala

Seven students from the Eden Area Regional Occupational Program, Hayward, traveled to Kansas City, Missouri, on June 22, 2011 to participate in the 47th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLCS) where they excelled in the Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Justice and Culinary Arts competitions to place third, fifth and twelfth, respectively, out of more than 5,600 students who were gold medalists in the state championships.

In the Crime Scene Investigation competition, Team F consisting of Travis Escorcio (Post Secondary), Allyson McKeever (Castro Valley High School), and Jessica Miranda (Post Secondary) received bronze medals for their expertise. The three-person team was required to correctly process a crime scene where they had to search, collect and remove evidence and prepare a report of their analysis.

The Criminal Justice team finished in fifth place by competing in both a written examination and practical exercises to evaluate the contestants' knowledge on the U.S. Constitutional Law and being an entry-level law enforcement position. This team consisted of Omar Pacheco (Tennyson High School), Perla Robles (Castro Valley High School), and Edgar Valdiosera (Castro Valley High School).

Zachary Dyer (Royal Sunset High School) placed twelfth in the nation when he showcased his knowledge and skills in the Culinary Arts contest by preparing and presenting a four-course menu. The competition assesses students' skills, not only in food quality and flavor, but also cooking techniques, organization, creative presentation and sanitation food safety.

The SkillsUSA Championships is a national-level championship for public high school and college/post-secondary technical students enrolled in career and technical education programs where they compete in over 94 hands-on skill and leadership contests. More than 15,000 students, teachers and business partners from across the country participated in the week-long event. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force.

For more information about this competition, contact John Taylor at jtaylor@edenrop.org. For more about Eden Area ROP, visit www.edenrop.org.

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