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Mount Dora, Leesburg high school students headed for state SkillsUSA competition

Students from Mount Dora and Leesburg High Schools competed successfully in the SkillsUSA Region 3 competition earlier this year and will move on to the next level of competition at the SkillsUSA State Conference in Pensacola on April 29 through May 2.


SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The program empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. It improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training, and it enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work.


Students from Mount Dora High competed in Architectural Drafting, Commercial Baking, Culinary Arts, Restaurant Service and Related Technical Math.


Students competing in Architectural Drafting were required to use their drafting skills to solve an Architectural problem.  The problem includes a written test, a hand sketch and architectural drawings.  Jason Abel placed 1st in Architectural Drafting and Sean King placed 2nd in Architectural Drafting.


Students competing in commercial baking were required to meet production and quality standards expected by industry.  The contest includes both a written examination and practical exercises.  Contestants demonstrate their knowledge and skills through scaling, mixing, preparing and baking five products.  The products include breads, rolls, cookies, pastry and pies.  The student also must demonstrate their cake decorating skills.  Brandy Peek placed 3rd in Commercial Baking.


Students competing in Restaurant Service are tested on skills required in the “front of the house” of a find restaurant.  The focus is on guest service and guest relations in the dining room including.  Contestants are judges on personal appearance, tableside manner, professionalism, ease with guests, general knowledge and technical and verbal skills.  Bailee Mancil placed 1st in Restaurant Service.


Students competing in Related Technical Math are given a written test, contestants demonstrate skills required to solve mathematical problems commonly found in the skilled trades and professional and technical occupations.  Rachel Hawk placed 1st in Related Technical Math.


These students will move on to the next level of competition and will be attending the SkillsUSA State Conference at Pensacola, Florida April 29 to May 2, 2018.


Cameron Chandler of Leesburg High won a Gold award in Job Interviewing, and will compete at the state level as well. Additionally, Lane Davis of Leesburg High was elected as Regional Officer and is in the running for state SkillUSA officer.