Matthew Stagg

Matthew Stagg wins bronze medal at SkillsUSA competition.

Matthew Stagg, Heritage High School class of 2015, won a bronze medal at the SkillsUSA national championship competition in architectural drafting. The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky., took place June 24-25, as part of the SkillsUSA 51st annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, a showcase of career and technical education students.

During the week, more than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students, all state contest winners, competed hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

Stagg graduated from HHS in May and competed in SkillsUSA competitions while in high school, winning a state championship and earning the opportunity to compete at the national level.

“We are all very proud of Matthew’s accomplishments,” said John Crawford, Stagg’s advisor at Heritage.

During the competition, Matthew and other students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts.

All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. Leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA Championships is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.

SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA chapters help students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations excel. SkillsUSA has more than 300,000 students and instructors as members.

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