(WACO, Texas) – Cicilia Bunting has felt this feeling before.
Bunting, a Culinary Arts student at Texas State Technical College, won first place for the second consecutive year in Commercial Baking at the SkillsUSA Texas Postsecondary State Leadership and Skills Conference held in mid-April in Waco.
“I know what to expect and what the judges are looking for,” the La Porte resident said.
Texas State Technical College in Waco won 30 gold medals, 19 silver medals and 13 bronze medals at the state competition. Eighteen two-year institutions took part in this year’s state conference.
Marc Garcia of Waco participated for the first time in SkillsUSA and placed first in Automotive Refinishing. For the state contest he matched colors, blended a panel and demonstrated other skills.
“It feels great,” Garcia said. “I will have instructors helping me out. I want to improve on my scores.”
Faustino Laessig of Lometa placed first in Collision Repair Technology. He demonstrated his knowledge in analyzing vehicles, metal repair and welding.
“I was stunned when I won,” Laessig said. “It feels great knowing I can get something done. I will put in more lab hours. It will help me become a better technician.”
TSTC’s gold medalists are eligible to compete at this year’s SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in late June in Louisville, Kentucky.
Other TSTC in Waco gold medalists are:
3-D Visualization and Animation: Dylan Borg and Vicky Lackey
Additive Manufacturing: Brandon Lund and Cody White
Advertising Design: Joe Quintero
Cabinetmaking: Timothy Watkins
Carpentry: Cody Scheffe
Collision Damage Appraisal and Total Loss Evaluation: Jannifer Stimmel
Computer Programming: Dante Hart
Electrical Construction Wiring: Cordell Argumaniz
Graphic Communications: Eddie King
Information Technology Services: Erik Syck
Internet of Things: Rickie Hartfield
Internetworking: Alberto Moreno
Pin Design – State: Ana Alvarez
Plumbing: Rourke Scott
TeamWorks: Jacob Dawson, Antonio Hernandez, Leonardo Mata and Andres Zapata
T-Shirt Design – State: Christina Pace
Web Design: Sara Steward and Garrett Bentley
Welding: Brenden Paradis
Welding Fabrication: Brady Carpenter, Dalton Gabel and Cash Latta
For more information on SkillsUSA, go to skillsusa.org.
For more information on Texas State Technical College, go to www.tstc.edu.