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Josselyn Cruz, senior at Goose Creek Memorial High School, displays the awards she and Raul Medrano, sophomore from Ross S. Sterling High School, won at the State Skills USA competition in Corpus Christi. Cruz placed first in Collision Repair Technology, advancing to the National Collision Repair Contest in Kansas City, MO in June. Medrano placed 3rd in Automotive Refinishing Technology.

Cruz Advances to

SkillsUSA Nationals

Two Goose Creek CISD students from Stuart Career Center placed in the State SkillsUSA competition in Corpus Christi, Texas. Raul Medrano, a sophomore from Ross S. Sterling High School, placed 3rd in the Automotive Refinishing Technology contest, and for the second year, Goose Creek Memorial High School’s Josselyn Cruz brought home the 1st place medal for Collision Repair Technology. Cruz will advance to the National Collision Repair Conference in June in Kansas City, MO at the 50th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference.

Although this seems like a challenging competition for a young lady, Cruz made it through the written exam the first day and felt fairly confident about the timed estimating, structure analysis, welding, sheet metal straightening and plastic repair competitions the next day.

“I was kind of nervous, but I never really saw any of the students I was competing with until it was over,” she said. “I heard that I had the highest scores in welding.”

Cruz attributes her teacher James Wheeler, collision repair and refinishing instructor at Stuart Career Center, and her former teacher Greg Thomas, now retired, with teaching her everything she needed to know to be competitive at SkillsUSA. Read more. . .
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